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At least 3 killed, 7 injured in blast at hotel in Afghanistan


Mar 21, 2007
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At least 3 killed, 7 injured in blast at hotel in Afghanistan​

Raids underway against Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for major attacks in urban centres in recent months

August 14, 2023

taliban security forces block a road after a suicide blast near afghanistan s foreign ministry at the zanbaq square in kabul on january 11 2023 photo afp file

Taliban security forces block a road after a suicide blast near Afghanistan’s foreign ministry at the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on January 11, 2023.

At least three people were killed and seven injured after a blast ripped through a hotel in southeastern Afghanistan's Khost province on Monday, the province's media office said.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast.

Afghanistan's Taliban administration has been carrying out raids against members of Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for several major attacks in urban centres in recent months.

Last June, a devastating blast rocked a mosque in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province during funeral prayers for the province’s former deputy governor.

According to local sources, some 50 people were killed while 25 others were injured in the blast at Nabawi mosque in the Hesa-e-Awal area of Faizabad.

Eyewitnesses revealed that the explosion was triggered by a suicide bomber who targeted the congregation directly. Among the victims was Mulvi SaifUllah Samim, the former police chief of Baghlan province.

"The locals estimate that the blast claimed the lives of around 50 people, including senior officials and Samim, the ex-police chief. The wounded were promptly transported to Faizabad hospital for urgent medical treatment,” said a local resident, claiming that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that it was a retaliatory measure for an operation in Kuner province.

The ISKP has also targeted Taliban administration officials, including claiming the killing of the governor of northern Balkh province in an attack on his office in March.


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