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Two explosions have hit the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least one person and injuring at least six others, including three women, say Taliban officials and local residents. A car bomb blast in Dasht-e Barchi, a heavily Shiite Muslim area in western Kabul, has killed one civilian and injured six others, Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayeed Khosty said in a tweet. There was no confirmation of the number of casualties, and a Taliban official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said seven people had been killed and nine wounded. Another blast was also reported in the Map 3 area, local residents said. A Taliban official said security forces were still gathering information. Pictures posted on social media showed a car destroyed by flames as well as twisted wreckage. The blasts added to a series of explosions that hit Kabul in recent days, with Shia Muslim areas in the western part of the city several times. There was no claim of responsibility, but militants from Islamic State have claimed several attacks on Shia Muslim targets, including mosques. Mohammad Nabi, a resident of Dashti Barchi, said it appeared the second explosion had also caused casualties, but there were no immediate details. Australian Associated Press

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