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An explosion in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, at least 22 injured MPNRC News

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A bomb exploded on a busy shopping street in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, injuring at least 22 people, hospital officials and witnesses said.

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The explosion occurred in a district in the city’s west where members of the minority Shiite Muslim community meet regularly.

Video footage posted online showed ambulances rushing to the scene, which is near bus stations.

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A spokesman for the Taliban’s interior ministry said an investigation team was at the site of the blast to help the injured and assess the casualty.

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No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place before Ashura, which is marked mainly by Shia Muslims, commemorating the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

On Friday, at least eight people were killed and 18 injured in a blast in Kabul by the Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State.

IS does not control any territory in Afghanistan but has deadly sleeper cells targeting the country’s religious minorities as well as Taliban patrols.

Officials from the Sunni Muslim Taliban, who took control of Afghanistan in August last year after a two-decade insurgency, have said they will provide more protection to Shiite mosques and other facilities.

Syed Kazum Hojat, a Shiite scholar in Kabul, said the Taliban government has increased security ahead of Ashura but should improve vigilance for any threat.

No up-to-date census data exists, but estimates put Afghanistan’s Shia community at 10–20 percent of its population of 39 million, including Persian-speaking Tajiks and Pashtuns as well as Hazaras.

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