Separate bombs hit two minivans in Kabul killing seven people: Afghan official

Separate bombs hit two minivans in a mostly Shia neighborhood in the Afghan capital Saturday, killing at least seven people and wounding six others, the Interior Ministry said.

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The explosions targeted minivans on the same road about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) apart in a neighborhood in western Kabul, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Ahmad Zia Zia, said.

It wasn’t immediately clear what type of bombs were used and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The ISIS group has carried out similar bombings in the area, including four attacks on four minivans earlier this month that killed at least 18 people.

Afghan security forces inspect the wreckage of a passenger van after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan June 12, 2021. (Reuters)

The first explosion killed six people and wounded two and the second explosion in front of Muhammad Ali Jinnah hospital, where a majority of COVID-19 patients are admitted, killed one and wounded four.

The area where the explosions happened is largely populated by the minority Hazara ethnic group who are mostly Shia Muslims.

Violence and chaos continue to escalate in Afghanistan as the US and NATO continue their withdrawal of the remaining 2,500-3,500 American soldiers and 7,000 allied forces. The last of the troops will be gone by September 11 at the latest.

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