The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for two blasts that rocked Kabul on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, at least 8 people were killed when explosives planted near a vegetable cart detonated in a busy Shiite neighborhood in western Kabul. Although police say the blast wounded 18, an unnamed Taliban official said more than 50 people were killed and wounded, including women and children. according Reuters. The source added that the death toll is likely to rise as many of the injured have serious injuries.
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A second bomb exploded on Saturday morning on a busy street in a commercial area of western Kabul, injuring at least 22 people and killing 8. according Reuters. That bomb also went off in an area of the city where members of the minority Shia Muslim community regularly meet. IS, which is a Sunni militant group, claimed responsibility for the second attack, Reuters reported. (RELATED: ISIS Chillingly Calls for More Terror Attacks Against the West)
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Although Islamic State does not control any territory inside Afghanistan, its cells have attacked and continue to attack religious minorities in the country as well as security patrols made up of Taliban officials, Reuters reported. The Taliban said they would provide more protection to Shiite mosques and other facilities, particularly as Shiite Muslims prepare for Ashura, a Shiite commemoration of the martyrdom of a grandson of the prophet Muhammad, the newspaper continued. (RELATED: ISIS Affiliate Group Increases Attacks on Religious Minorities in Afghanistan)
Islamic State has been operating in Afghanistan since 2014 and is seen as the country’s most serious security challenge since the Taliban took over the country last August, Reuters reported.