Two civilians killed in blast in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: A bomb hidden in a cart exploded near a mosque in the Afghan capital’s Shiite minority district on Friday, killing two civilians and injuring three more, Taliban officials said. injured.

According to Khalid Zadran, spokesman for the Taliban-appointed Kabul police chief, the attack occurred in the Saleh Karez district in western Kabul. There were concerns that the death toll could rise as further reports came in.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but blame could fall on the ISIS terrorist group, which in the past targeted Afghanistan’s Shiite minority in large-scale attacks.

ISIS’s regional branch in Khorasan province has ramped up attacks against mosques and ethnic minorities across the country since the Taliban took power last August. I have been working in Afghanistan since 2014.

ISIS is seen as the biggest security challenge facing the country’s Taliban rulers. After taking over Afghanistan, the Taliban launched a sweeping crackdown on her IS headquarters in the eastern part of the country.

On Wednesday, five people, including two Taliban militants, were killed in a shootout between the Taliban and ISIS. Fighting broke out near the temple of Sakhi in Karti He Sakhi district, where the people of Imam, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, were busy preparing an Ashorah to commemorate his death in the battle of Hussein in the 7th century.

Associated Press