One dead in explosion claimed by IS in Afghan capital

The improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the Kot-e-Sangi neighborhood, near an enclave of the historically persecuted Shia Hazara community, which has been targeted by the militant group in the past.

“The sticky bomb was placed on a minibus,” police spokesman Khalid Zadran said in a statement late on Saturday.

“The driver of the vehicle was killed and three other civilians were injured.”

Security personnel investigated the incident, the statement said.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility through its Telegram channel, saying a minibus carrying Hazaras was blown up as it passed through a Taliban checkpoint.

The attack “led to its destruction and the killing and wounding of approximately ten” people, the IS statement said.

Bombings and suicide bombings in Afghanistan have fallen dramatically since the Taliban ended their insurgency after ousting the US-backed government and returning to power in August 2021.

However, a number of armed groups, including IS, remain a threat.

Last month, several people were killed when an IS suicide bomber attacked a bank as people gathered to collect their salaries. Authorities put the toll from the blast at three, but hospital sources told AFP that 20 people were killed.