Explosion kills one, injures three in Kabul
The 17 November explosion marked the third blast of the week in Kabul, with doubt growing over the Taliban's ability to rule Afghanistan
By News Desk - November 17 2021

According to a Taliban official, an explosion on 17 November in western Kabul has killed one and injured three civilians.

Speaking to the Associated Press, Zabihullah Mujahid, deputy minister for culture and information in the Taliban caretaker administration, said that a bomb attached to a minivan detonated in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in western Kabul.

Mujahid added that an investigation is being conducted. He did not elaborate.

No individual or group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion. This marks the third explosion in Kabul over the course of five days.

On 13 November, an explosion in Dasht-e-Barchi killed one person and wounded five others. ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack.

Dasht-e-Barchi is home to the Hazara minority in Kabul, and is considered one of the most densely-populated Shia areas in Kabul.

On 15 November, a roadside bomb stuck to a taxi wounded two people in Kabul.

The Hazara community have long been targeted by ISIS terrorists.

According to experts, the resemblance between the 13 November explosion and 17 November blast is uncanny. These experts believe that the similarities and the patterns indicate the 17 November explosion was also the work of ISIS-K.

ISIS terrorists have carried out similar attacks targeting Friday prayers over the past two months.

On 12 November, three people were killed and more than 15 others were injured by an explosion at a mosque during Friday prayers in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

Since the chaotic withdrawal of US troops back in August, Afghanistan has been facing increased terror attacks.

Last month, a large explosion claimed by ISIS hit a Shia mosque in the southern city of Kandahar, killing more than 60 people. It came just one week after ISIS fighters targeted a mosque in Kunduz, killing nearly 100 people and injuring some 200 others.

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