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Kabul Bomb Blast Wounds Two As Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Earlier Explosion

This file photo from October 2020 shows the results of a blast in Kabul's Dasht-e Barchi neighborhood. Another blast hit the area on November 13.

Two people were reported wounded after a bomb exploded on a busy avenue in the Afghan capital -- the latest attack hitting the Afghan capital since the Taliban seized power three months ago.

A spokesman for the Taliban-led Interior Ministry told RFE/RL that a magnetic bomb attached to a car detonated in Kabul's fifth police district, wounding two civilians.

The Taliban spokesman for Kabul police said that the blast was caused by a roadside bomb that detonated as a taxi was passing, according to AP.

The agency quoted witnesses as saying that the victims included a woman in the taxi and a man passing by.

No one claimed responsibility, but militants of a local IS affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group have carried out multiple deadly bomb attacks across the country after the Taliban toppled the internationally backed Kabul government in Kabul in mid-August.

The bomb attack came two days after a bomb blast hit a Shi'ite neighborhood of western Kabul in an attack claimed by the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-K).

The Afghan Journalists' Center said a well-known television journalist, Hamid Seighani, was killed in the November 13 blast in Dasht-e Barchi district. Seighani worked for the Ariana television network.

Seighani's wife, who also is a journalist, confirmed his death in a Facebook post, saying, "I have lost Hamid."

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban's main spokesman, said at least one civilian was killed and four injured people were hospitalized after the blast. Mujahid said an investigation by the Taliban was under way.

In its claim on its Telegram channels, IS-K said it had placed bombs on buses and had killed and injured "20 Shi’ite apostates" including a journalist.

The Sunni Muslim-led IS group is an enemy of the Taliban.

The Dasht-e Barchi area is heavily populated by members of the mainly Shi’ite Hazara community, which has been the target of repeated attacks by IS militants -- including a bomb attack in May 2020 at the maternity ward of the Dasht-e Barchi hospital that killed 24 people.

Hazaras represent Afghanistan's third-largest ethnic group. They have faced long-term discrimination and persecution in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan.

This story also includes reporting by Radio Azadi correspondents in Afghanistan. Their names are being withheld for their protection.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and dpa
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