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Afghanistan: Back-to-back blasts kill 10 Hazara civilians in Kabul

2nd Jun 2021
Afghanistan: Back-to-back blasts kill 10 Hazara civilians in Kabul

By Shadi Khan Saif

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA): Two back-to-back explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul late on Tuesday claimed the lives of at least 10 people in the area mainly inhabited by the ethnic Shi’ite Hazara community, officials confirmed.

According to the Kabul police command, the blasts were caused by improvised explosive devices during the evening rush-hour targeting public transport buses. All of the victims were identified as civilians.

The first explosion was near the home of Hazara leader, Mohammad Mohaqiq, in front of a Shia Muslim mosque.

The police spokesman Firdaus Faramarz told Anadolu Agency more than 12 people, also civilians, got injured in these blasts in the third district of the city comprising number of localities in the west of the city.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incidents.

The attacks on civilians were widely condemned.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a statement that the heavy civilian casualties underscore urgent need to reduce the violence for progress in Afghanistan, peace negotiations and for all parties to do much more to protect civilians from harm.

“Many civilians are being killed & injured by indirect fire from both ANA (Afghan National Army) & Taliban. ANA airstrikes & anti-government elements’ IEDs also causing many civilian casualties,” it said.

A Taliban-claimed car bombing in the northern Baghlan province killed at least four soldiers, officials said on Tuesday.

Taking responsibility for the attack, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a series of tweets that 41 security forces were killed in that assault.

Also on Tuesday, a minibus carrying security forces in the northern Parwan province was hit by a landmine in the provincial capital Charikar, killing at least three of them, confirmed local officials.

On May 8, a car bomb and two roadside bombs exploded outside the Syed-al-Shahada girls school, also in a predominantly Hazara neighborhood, killing nearly 90 people, many of them students.

Violence has surged in the war-weary country since the US announced its troops will leave by Sept. 11.

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said on Sunday that it has documented 247 civilian casualties, allegedly caused by the Taliban in May. The insurgents, however, have rejected the government’s claim.

[Photo: Earlier this month, 90 people, mostly schoolgirls, killed in three back-to-back blasts targeting a school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on May 08, 2021. Photographer: Haroon Sabawoon/AA]

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