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Afghanistan: At least 14 killed in multiple explosions in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif

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)
This photo shows one of three passenger vehicles hit with an explosion in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on May 25, 2022. (Via social media)

Over a dozen people have been killed in a series of explosions in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul and the country’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, according to reports.

At least nine people were killed after three explosions tore through passenger vehicles in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Wednesday, according to a provincial commander spokesman.

At least 15 people were also injured, Mohammad Asif Waziri, a spokesman for Balkh province’s commander told Reuters.

“The bombs were placed on three minibuses in different districts of the city,” Waziri told AFP.

According to AAP, a hospital source said all of the victims were civilians, including women and children, adding, “We are still admitting wounded people to the hospital and trying to save their lives.”

Another explosion on Wednesday evening hit a mosque in Kabul, a spokesman for the capital's commander said.

Emergency Hospital in Kabul said in a tweet that they had received five bodies from the blast and more than a dozen wounded patients.

The Kabul explosion took place at the Hazrat Zakaria Mosque, local media reported.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attacks, which come amid a political and security crisis in the South Asian country.

Explosions have been a common occurrence in Afghanistan in recent months with Daesh (ISIS) terrorist group's resurgence in the country.

Last month, a powerful blast hit a mosque in western Kabul during prayers, killing at least 10 people and wounding 20 others.

The explosion went off on April 29 at the Khalifa Aga Gul Jan Mosque, where hundreds of worshipers had gathered for prayers on the last Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

It came after a series of explosions in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kunduz, causing a number of civilian casualties. 


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