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Shia passengers targeted as blasts hit minibuses in Afghanistan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
People carry the body of a bombing victim in Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan, in October 2021. (Photo by AP)

At least nine people have been killed and more than a dozen injured in two separate bomb explosions that rocked the northern city of Mazar Sharif in Afghanistan, just days after a series of bombings in the war-torn country.

The blasts hit two minibuses in the city on Thursday, targeting Shia Muslim passengers, according to the police.

“The targets appear to be Shia passengers,” Balkh provincial police spokesman Asif Waziri told AFP, adding 13 people were wounded in the blasts.

According to Waziri, the blasts took place within minutes of each other in different districts in the evening, when citizens were heading home from work.

“The enemies of Afghanistan are creating tension and division among our people,” he said.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombings.

Mazar-e-Sharif is already reeling from a recent major bomb attack at a mosque that killed dozens of people. Scores of people have lost their lives in a series of terrorist attacks across the country over the past few weeks. The victims have mostly been from the Shia Hazara minority.

An explosion in a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz killed at least 33 Afghan people, including children, and wounded 43 others.

Afghanistan has been in turmoil since the Taliban which took power on August 15 last year amid a chaotic US troop withdrawal from the war-torn country.

Since then, the country has been the scene of recurrent terrorist attacks, some of which have been claimed by the Daesh terrorist group.

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