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Roadside Explosion In Western Kabul Injures Two Children Amid Spate Of Attacks


A Taliban member stands guard in an area surrounding a Kabul school after bomb blasts on April 19. At least six people were killed.

KABUL -- A roadside blast in Kabul has injured at least two children, the fifth explosion this week in the Afghan capital.

Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Taliban's police headquarters in Kabul, told RFE/RL's Radio Azadi that the blast in the mostly Shi'a Hazara Fifth District of the Qambar Crossroads was caused by a land mine placed in a pot by the road.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for explosion, which comes two days after multiple explosions in the same area killed six and injured 20 others. The blasts occurred as students were coming out of their morning classes.

In May 2021, bombings near a school in the same area of the Afghan capital killed at least 85 civilians, mainly schoolgirls, and injured dozens of others.

Hazaras, an ethnic minority that widely feels under siege around the country, comprise about 9 percent of the 36 million people currently living in Afghanistan.

Most Hazaras are Shi'a Muslims, despised by Sunni Muslim radicals like the Islamic State extremist group, and discriminated against by many in the Sunni-majority country.

With reporting by AP
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