Afghanistan: Deadly explosion hits mainly Shia suburb of Kabul


At least one person has been killed and four others wounded in an explosion that hit a vehicle in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.

According to officials, the incident  took place in Dasht-e Barchi, a Kabul suburb dominated by members of the mostly Shia Hazara community, who for years have been targeted by ISIL-affiliated fighters.

The driver, speaking to the Newsmen at the hospital, said that at one point during his route, a suspicious man got onto the bus and a few minutes later, the explosion went off at the back of it.

He saw two passengers with their clothes on fire falling out of the back of the vehicle while other passengers escaped out of the front.

“I was in my car and an explosion happened in the vehicle in front of us,” a witness told AFP news agency. “It was completely burnt.”

He added that the explosion occurred near a checkpoint manned by the Taliban, and that gunfire could be heard briefly immediately afterwards. A nearby hospital posted a notice saying it had admitted one dead and four injured.

There was no claim of responsibility.

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