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KABUL: Two separate explosions rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, killing at the least three individuals together with members of the minority Sikh neighborhood and wounding 4 others, Afghan officers stated.
The primary explosion hit a retailer within the coronary heart of the capital, inflicting it to break down and kill at the least two Sikhs, based on two Afghan police officers. They spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t authorised to transient the media.
Nobody instantly claimed accountability for the blast, however the Islamic State group has focused Sikhs and different minority communities in Afghanistan. A nationwide spike in bombings, focused killings and violence on the battlefield comes as peace negotiations in Qatar between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities have stalled.
Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz stated six individuals have been wounded within the blast within the retailer and nobody was killed. He stated police have been investigating what prompted the explosion. The discrepancy between the 2 numbers couldn’t instantly be accounted for.
In Saturday’s second explosion, Faramarz stated a sticky bomb was connected to a police automobile and went off in northern Kabul, killing a police officer.
Tensions in Afghanistan are excessive amid a string of focused killings. Some are claimed by the native Islamic State affiliate, however many go unclaimed, blamed by the federal government on the Taliban who’ve denied accountability for most assaults.
With rising threats from IS, Afghanistan’s once-thriving neighborhood of Sikhs and Hindus has dwindled from as many as 250,000 members to fewer than 700.
IS claimed accountability for an assault final March through which a gunman rampaged by way of a Sikh home of worship within the coronary heart of Kabul, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight.
IS claimed it carried out 82 assaults in Afghanistan in 2020, killing or wounding 821 individuals, together with 21 assassinations. Many of the victims in its assaults have been both safety personnel or Shiite Muslims. Nevertheless, the perpetrators of many focused killings are unknown.

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