KABUL: A bomb connected to a handcart exploded in Kabul on Friday, police stated, killing two folks in an space largely inhabited by Afghanistan’s Shia minority neighborhood.
Shias in Afghanistan are at present commemorating the primary 10 days of the Islamic holy month of Muharram, culminating in Ashura on Monday, when worshippers collect at mosques and participate in processions.
The explosives have been connected to a handcart loaded with greens and parked in an space the place residents shopped for every day meals gadgets, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran advised reporters.
“The explosion occurred amongst civilians, and in keeping with preliminary info two of our residents have been martyred and three others have been wounded,” he stated.
The blast occurred in a west Kabul neighbourhood that’s primarily inhabited by members of the ethnic Hazara neighborhood, who’re largely Shia Muslims.
The blast got here simply days forward of Ashura, which marks the demise of the revered Imam Hussein Ibn Ali, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
No group has thus far claimed the blast, however Daesh has repeatedly focused Shias in Afghanistan previously.
The variety of violent public assaults throughout the nation has fallen for the reason that Taliban returned to energy in August final yr, however Daesh has continued to focus on shias.
The minority group makes up between 10 to twenty per cent of Afghanistan’s inhabitants of 38 million.
Taliban officers insist their forces have defeated Daesh, however analysts say the group stays a key safety problem.