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Afghanistan mosque bombing leaves at least 2 dead, 15 wounded

An explosion tore through a mosque in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province during Friday prayers, killing at least two people and wounding 15.


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The explosion occurred at the Tiriley Mosque in the province’s Spin Ghar district, officials of the interim Taliban administration said.

The bomb was reportedly placed on the mosque pulpit.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Eyewitnesses, on the other hand, said three people were killed and 18 others injured in the attack.

After US-led NATO forces left Afghanistan this summer, bomb attacks in the country have largely been concentrated in the Nangarhar province, with the terror group Daesh/ISIS claiming responsibility for most of them.

Nearly 100 people lost their lives in an attack during Friday prayers at Shia mosques in Kunduz and Kandahar on Oct. 8 and 15, both claimed by Daesh/ISIS.
 

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They need to round up the people behind these attacks.

1. Follow the money and see who is funding these kinds of attacks.
2. Also reach out to the public on all media at their disposal, and offer a reward to any information leading to the arrest of the people behind such attacks.
3. Counter their ideology, challenging their ideas with scholars.

On a physical level, they are gonna need real police to keep an eye on the behaviors of suspicious people and raid suspected daesh locations before they carry these kinds of attacks out.

this will unfortunately keep happening until this ideology is discredited. Talibs also need to reconcile with the Shia and ethnic minorities in a public way, if they are to be the government of all the people, and not leave fissures for the likes of daesh or former gov. turned saboteurs to exploit.
 

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At least six killed as blast hits Kabul: residents, official

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13 Nov 2021


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KABUL: A magnetic bomb attached to a minivan exploded in a heavily Shia area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, causing an unknown number of casualties, a Taliban official and local residents said.

The Taliban official, who declined to be named, said six people had been killed and at least seven wounded in the blast in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of western Kabul, the latest in a series of attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks.

There was no confirmation of casualty numbers and no immediate claim of responsibility. The area is heavily populated by Shia Hazaras who have been the target of repeated attacks by Islamic State militants.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban's main spokesman, said a fire had broken out in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of western Kabul, killing at least one civilian and injuring two others. An investigation was underway, he said in a tweet.

A local man who gave his name as Ismael, said he had reached the area a few minutes after the explosion, which occurred a day after an attack on a Sunni mosque in eastern Afghanistan.

"When I arrived, I saw the big flames," he said. "It was a mini van which was targeted by a sticky bomb."

He said a friend who had helped carried wounded to a nearby hospital said at least three or four people had been killed.

Images shared on social media showed flames and a thick cloud of black smoke spiralling into the sky. At least two people suffered serious burn injuries, according to a director of a nearby hospital that specializes in burn cases.
 

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Blast in Afghan capital kills 1 civilian

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Taliban say 1 person killed in 'apparent incident of fire' in Shia-dominated area of Kabul.

The Taliban said a civilian was killed and two others injured in a blast in a passenger mini-bus in the Afghan capital Kabul's Shia-dominated western quarter on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Taliban's interim government in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, has confirmed the incident. He said in a statement that at least one civilian was killed and two others injured in an "apparent incident of fire" that broke out in a passenger mini-bus in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of Kabul's 18th district late Saturday.

According to the local daily Etilaatroz, the incident took place during the evening rush hour in the Golai area of Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood inhabited mostly by the Shia Hazara community members.

An investigation is underway into the cause and impact of the incident, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
 

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Taliban launch operation against IS in southern Afghanistan
  • Response comes after increase in attacks in recent weeks
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15 Nov 2021


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KANDAHAR: The Taliban have launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic State hideouts in southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, following an increase in bloody attacks by the group in recent weeks.

The operation against Islamic State-Khorasan started around midnight in at least four districts of Kandahar province and continued through Monday morning, Taliban provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Mohammadi told AFP.

"So far, four Daesh (IS) fighters have been killed and ten arrested... one of them blew himself up inside a house," he said.

A member of the Taliban intelligence agency who declined to be named told AFP at least three civilians were killed in the operation.

Local media quoted a Taliban official as saying there had also been a blast in a western suburb of Kabul Monday morning with no casualties.

In the three months since the Taliban came to power, IS-K has been active in Jalalabad, Kunduz, Kandahar and Kabul.

Last month the group claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Kandahar that killed at least 60 people and injured scores more.

That attack came a week after another deadly mosque blast claimed by IS-K in northern Kunduz province killed more than 60 people.

The group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a bomb that destroyed a minibus in Kabul at the weekend killing a well-known local journalist and up to two others.

IS-K boasted it had killed or injured "20 Shiite apostates" in the incident.

Earlier this month IS-K fighters raided the city's National Military Hospital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 50 others.

The group has also claimed several attacks in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province and a hotbed of IS-K activity.
 

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At least two killed in blast in Kabul

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KABUL: At least two people were killed and five wounded in a bomb blast that hit a minibus in Kabul on Wednesday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks in the Afghan capital.

The blast destroyed the vehicle in Dasht-e-Barchi, a Taliban official told AFP, in a suburb dominated by minority Hazara Shias.

"Our initial information shows the bomb was attached to a minibus. We have launched an investigation," he said.

Different Taliban officials gave varying accounts of the casualties.

An AFP staffer was near the scene when the bomb detonated.

"I heard a huge explosion... when I looked around a minibus and a taxi were on fire," he said.

"I also saw ambulances rush to the area to take wounded and dead people to the hospital."

Last week a journalist was killed and at least four other people injured when a bomb destroyed another minibus in the same area.

The Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) group claimed responsibility for the attack.

They have stepped up operations since the Taliban's return to power in August, and earlier this month raided the city's National Military Hospital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 50 others.

The group has also claimed several attacks in the city of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province and a hotbed of IS-K activity.
 

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At least six killed as blast hits Kabul: residents, official

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KABUL: A magnetic bomb attached to a minivan exploded in a heavily Shia area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, causing an unknown number of casualties, a Taliban official and local residents said.

The Taliban official, who declined to be named, said six people had been killed and at least seven wounded in the blast in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of western Kabul, the latest in a series of attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks.

There was no confirmation of casualty numbers and no immediate claim of responsibility. The area is heavily populated by Shia Hazaras who have been the target of repeated attacks by Islamic State militants.

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Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban's main spokesman, said a fire had broken out in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of western Kabul, killing at least one civilian and injuring two others. An investigation was underway, he said in a tweet.

A local man who gave his name as Ismael, said he had reached the area a few minutes after the explosion, which occurred a day after an attack on a Sunni mosque in eastern Afghanistan.

"When I arrived, I saw the big flames," he said. "It was a mini van which was targeted by a sticky bomb."

He said a friend who had helped carried wounded to a nearby hospital said at least three or four people had been killed.

Images shared on social media showed flames and a thick cloud of black smoke spiralling into the sky. At least two people suffered serious burn injuries, according to a director of a nearby hospital that specializes in burn cases.
 

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Bus bomb kills two in Afghan capital: Taliban

AFP
11 Dec 2021



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KABUL: Two people were killed and four wounded in separate bomb explosions in the west of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Friday, the Taliban government said.

“Two civilians have been killed and three others were wounded” when a bomb exploded on a minibus in the Dasht-e-Barchi district of Kabul, the Taliban’s interior ministry spokesman Sayed Khosti told reporters.

“In another explosion in the same area, one woman was wounded,” he added, specifying that the second blast was also a bomb.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Dasht-e-Barchi is largely populated by the mostly Shiite Hazara community, who for years have been the target of violence by the jihadist Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) group.

In November, a similar bomb attack on a minibus in Dasht-e-Barch killed two people and wounded five others. That attack was claimed by IS-K.

IS-K claimed responsibility for an October 15 suicide bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Kandahar that killed at least 60 people and injured scores more.

That attack came a week after another deadly mosque blast claimed by the group in northern Kunduz province killed over 60 people.

The Taliban has vowed to crush this rival Sunni extremist group, launching crackdowns against hideouts used by the jihadists, especially in the country’s south and east.

Friday’s bus bomb is the first fatal attack reported by the Taliban for several weeks.



But Kabul has been hit by repeated blasts lately that the Taliban say have been non-fatal.

The Taliban came back to power after a two decade absence on August 15 when the previous government’s resistance melted amid the final stages of a US military withdrawal from the country.

The Taliban’s first stint in power lasted from 1996 to 2001, before a US invasion late that year toppled the Islamists.
 

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Two people injured in an explosion in Kabul


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KABUL (Interfax): An explosion occurred on the road near the Pedagogical University in the fifth district of Kabul on Saturday evening, there are casualties, the Aamaj News reported, citing the Taliban Interior Ministry (Taliban, a terrorist organization banned in Russia).

“The Taliban government’s interior ministry said two civilians were injured as a result of a roadside mine,” the statement said.

None of the armed groups operating in the country claimed responsibility for the incident.
At the end of 2021, cases of explosions in Kabul became more frequent, for almost each of them the militants of the Islamic State in Khorasan group, which is an offshoot of the Islamic State terrorist organization, took responsibility for almost each of them. Meanwhile, Taliban representatives have repeatedly stated that IS does not pose any threat to Afghanistan.
 

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Explosion kills 9 children in eastern Afghanistan: Taliban

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January 10, 2022

An explosion in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan on Monday killed nine children and wounded four, according to the office of a Taliban-appointed governor.

A statement from the governor's office said the blast took place when a cart selling food items struck an old, unexploded mortar shell in the district of Lalopar, in eastern Nangarhar province.
No other details were immediately available.

The province is the headquarters of Taliban rivals, the militant Islamic State group (IS), which has staged several attacks targeting Afghanistan's new rulers since the Taliban took over the country in mid-August.

However, the IS has operated in Afghanistan since 2014, carrying out dozens of horrific attacks and most often targeting the country's minority Shia Muslims.

Afghanistan is among the countries with the most unexploded land mines and other ordnance from the country's decades of war and conflict. When the ordnance detonates, the victims are often children.
 

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Bomb on bus kills seven in western Afghan city of Herat: officials


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January 22, 2022

A bomb blast on a minibus killed at least seven people in an area inhabited by the minority Shia community in the western Afghan city of Herat on Saturday, officials said.

The sticky bomb was attached to the fuel tank of the bus, and left nine other people wounded.

“Four women were among the seven killed,” the head of Herat's provincial hospital, Arif Jalali told AFP.

The blast was confirmed by Herat's intelligence office.

“Initial reports indicate it was a sticky bomb attached to the fuel tank of the passenger vehicle,” said Sabit Harwi, a spokesperson for the office.

Herat provincial police and the department of culture also confirmed the bomb blast.
No group has so far claimed the attack.

Security in Afghanistan has vastly improved since a two-decade long insurgency by the Taliban ended with the group's capture of capital Kabul in August.

However, several attacks are reported each week throughout the country, including some claimed by the regional chapter of the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

The IS has regularly targeted the country's Shia Hazara community with deadly attacks, and the area where Saturday's blast occurred near a bus station is also inhabited by the community.

Herat is the country's third-biggest city, close to the border with Iran, but had remained relatively peaceful in recent months.
 

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KABUL: Six people were injured in an explosion at a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul.

According to foreign media reports, an explosion has taken place in Pul-e-Khashti Mosque in Kabul, as a result of which six people have been injured. Local police have claimed to have arrested one person on suspicion of being involved in the attack.

The Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed the blast at the mosque, saying it happened minutes after Asr prayers. It was a grenade attack, injuring six people who were taken to hospital for medical treatment.

The mosque is located in a densely populated area of Kabul and is surrounded by busy shops and bazaars.

After the incident, Taliban security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the mosque attack.

It should be noted that since the Taliban came to power in August last year, there has been a significant reduction in attacks on public targets, but ISIL-affiliated organizations have continued their operations in some parts of the country.
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