Officials said on Thursday, May 26 that the death toll from four bomb explosions that blasted through minibuses and a mosque in Afghanistan has increased to at least 16, with Islamic State group claiming responsibility for some of the attacks.
While the number of bombings has dropped across the country since the Taliban seized power last August, several deadly attacks rocked the country last month during Ramadan.
On Wednesday, at least 10 people were killed when three bombs placed on separate minibuses exploded in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a health official and police said. The Trumpet Gathered
“The bombs were placed on three minibuses in different districts of the city,” Balkh provincial police spokesman Asif Waziri stated, adding that 15 other people were wounded.
Head of the Balkh health department, Najibullah Tawana said three women were among the 10 killed in the blasts.
Hours after the explosions, the Islamic State group (IS) claimed responsibility for the minibus attacks on social media. It said on Telegram its “soldiers” were behind the three bombings.
Another bomb exploded inside a mosque late Wednesday in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
In the immediate aftermath of the mosque attack, the interior ministry had said two people were killed and 10 wounded.
The ministry also said the bomb was placed inside a fan in the mosque.
Early on Thursday, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran tweeted that six people had been killed in that blast and another 18 wounded.
Dozens of civilians were killed in Kabul and other cities in primarily sectarian attacks during the holy month of Ramadan, which ended on April 30 in Afghanistan, some of the attacks were claimed by IS.
At least 10 people were killed on April 29 in an attack that appeared to have targeted members of the minority Sufi community who were performing rituals at a Sunni mosque in Kabul.
On April 21, a bomb at a Shiite mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif killed at least 12 worshippers and wounded scores more.
The deadliest attack during Ramadan came in the northern city of Kunduz, where another bomb targeting Sufi worshipers tore through a mosque on April 22.
At least 33 people were killed in that blast and many were wounded.
It was still unclear whether Wednesday’s bombings targeted any specific community.
Taliban officials insist their forces have defeated IS, but analysts say the jihadist group remains a key security challenge.
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