At least two people have been killed in a bomb blast in the Afghan capital Kabul. Some reports even speak of at least eight fatalities. At least 13 civilians were injured and taken to a hospital, according to the Taliban leadership. The interior ministry said it had sent a reconnaissance team.
The explosive device detonated on a busy shopping street in the west of the city, popular with members of the Shia Muslim minority. The terrorist group IS said it was an attack it carried out.
IS claims second attack in two days
On Friday, IS had already claimed responsibility for an attack: according to the police, at least eight people were also killed in an explosion in a Shiite residential area in the capital; the number of injured was estimated at 18 there. The IS spoke of 20 dead in the residential area.
City employees clean the asphalt after the explosion in a shopping street
The Taliban who rule in Afghanistan are actually committed to protecting the Shiite minority. Both IS and Taliban are counted among the Sunnis, but fight each other. The Shiites are currently preparing for Ashura Day, which commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. In the run-up to the holiday, protection for Shiite institutions was stepped up.
eh/uh (dpa, rtr, ap)