Afghanistan: Bus explosion in Kabul kills at least 1, injures 5 others – National

A bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a bus in the Kabul district of Kabul, killing at least three people and wounding three others. At least one person was killed and five injured.

Workers with ambulance crews at the scene told The Associated Press that the explosion appeared to be caused by a bomb on the bus.

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The bus driver, who spoke to the AP at the hospital, said that at some point during his route, a suspicious man got into the bus and a few minutes later the explosion went to the back of the bus.

The driver, who goes by one name Murtaza, said he saw two passengers with their clothes on fire fall out of the rear of the vehicle while other passengers fled out the front.

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Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the AP that a fire broke out on the minibus, causing an explosion that killed one person and injured another.

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Pictures from the scene showed the burning wreckage of a vehicle with a smoke rising into the air. The blast took place on the main street that runs through Dashti Barchi, a sprawling neighborhood on the west side of Kabul that is largely populated by Hazaras.

Afghanistan’s Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite Muslims, have been the target of a brutal campaign of violence in the last many years, which was due to the Islamic State group. Militants have carried out several deadly attacks in Dashti Barcihi, including a 2020 attack on a maternity hospital.

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