ATLEAST 16 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN A BOMB EXPLOSION IN AFGHANISTAN
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Officials announced on Thursday, May 26 that the death toll from four explosions that blasted through minibuses and a mosque in Afghanistan has increased to at least 16, with ISIS claiming responsibility for some of the strikes.
While the number of bombings has decreased since the Taliban took power in August, the country was shaken by numerous devastating strikes last month during Ramadan, according to Channels Television.
Three explosives put on different minibuses exploded in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Wednesday, killing at least ten people, according to a health official and police.
“Three minibuses were bombed in separate sections of the city,” Asif Waziri, a spokesman for the Balkh provincial police, said to AFP, adding that 15 other people were injured.
Three women were among the ten people killed in the blasts, according to Najibullah Tawana, the chairman of the Balkh health department.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the minibus assaults on social media hours after the bombings.
The three bombings, it claimed on Telegram, were carried out by its “soldiers.”
Late Wednesday, another bomb exploded inside a mosque in Kabul, the Afghan capital.
Kabul police official Khalid Zadran tweeted early Thursday that six persons were killed and another 18 were injured in the incident.
The interior ministry stated two individuals were murdered and ten were injured in the aftermath of the mosque incident.
According to the ministry, the explosive was hidden within a mosque fan.
It was unclear whether the explosions on Wednesday were directed at a specific community.