At least 12 people have been killed in four bomb blasts in Afghanistan

At least 12 people have been killed in four bomb blasts in Afghanistan

Afghanistan bombing: No group has so far claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s four bombings. (Representative)

Kabul:

At least 12 people were killed when four bombs exploded at a minibus and a mosque in Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

The number of bombings across the country has dropped since the Taliban took power in August last year, but a series of deadly bombings during the holy month of Ramadan have shaken the country.

At least 10 people were killed when three bombs exploded in separate minibuses north of the town of Mazar-i-Sharif on Wednesday, a health official and police said.

“Three minibuses were bombed in different districts of the city,” Balkh provincial police spokesman Asif Waziri told AFP, adding that 15 others were injured.

Najibullah Tawana, head of the Balkh health department, said three of the 10 people killed in the car bombing were women.

Another bomb blast inside a mosque in the capital, Kabul, killed at least two people and injured 10 others on Wednesday night, the interior ministry said.

The Kabul Emergency Hospital tweeted that five people had been killed and 22 injured in the blast at the mosque.

Witnesses said several ambulances rushed to the Kabul mosque to ferry the victims of the blast.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a mosque, the ministry said.

No group has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s four bombings.

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Dozens of civilians were killed in Kabul and other cities during Ramadan, which ended in Afghanistan on April 30, initially in sectarian attacks – some so-called Islamic State groups have claimed.

On April 29, at least 10 people were killed in an attack on a Sunni mosque in Kabul that appeared to target members of the minority Sufi community who were performing religious rites.

On April 21, a bomb blast at a Shia mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif killed at least 12 worshipers and injured many more.

The deadliest attack during Ramadan was in the northern city of Kunduz, when a bomb exploded inside a mosque on April 22 targeting Sufi worshipers.

The blast killed at least 33 people and injured dozens more.

In Sunni-majority Afghanistan, the regional branch of IS has repeatedly targeted minorities, such as Shiites and Sufis, who follow a mysterious branch of Islam.

IS is a Sunni Islamist group, similar to the Taliban, but the two are bitter rivals.

The biggest ideological difference is that the Taliban pursued Afghanistan free from foreign forces, where IS wants an Islamic caliphate from Turkey to Pakistan and beyond.

Taliban officials insist their forces have defeated IS, but analysts say the jihadist group remains a major security challenge.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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