Six more people were injured in bombings that attacked the western district of Kabul, populated largely by members of the Hazara ethnic minority.
According to officials, at least seven people have been killed and six injured as separate bombs hit two suburban vans in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
Saturday’s blasts affected vehicles on the same road about 2 kilometers away in a western neighborhood of Kabul, populated largely by members of the Hazara ethnic minority.
One of the blasts killed six people and injured two, the Interior Ministry said. The other, which took place in front of Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital, killed one and injured four.
The Hazars, who are predominantly Shiite Muslims, have long suffered oppression and persecution in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan and, more recently, were targets of ISIL-linked fighters.
An attack on a school in Kabul on May 8 killed about 100 people, all of them Hazara and most young girls who had just left class.
It was not immediately known what type of explosives were used and no one was immediately responsible for Saturday’s attacks. The local ISIL affiliate (ISIS) has carried out similar bombings in the area, including four attacks on four minivans earlier this month that killed at least 18 people.
Violence and chaos continue to escalate in Afghanistan while the United States and NATO continue to withdraw the remaining 2,500-3,500 U.S. troops and 7,000 Allied forces. The last of the troops will disappear no later than September 11th.
Also on Saturday, a magnetic bomb placed on a bicycle was detonated in the provincial capital of northern Balkh province, killing at least one civilian and injuring three more, provincial police spokesman Adel Shah Adel said.
Since the beginning of the official withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO troops on May 1, at least 17 districts have fallen into the hands of the Taliban.
On Saturday, fighters from the armed group took control of Tolak district in central Ghor province after heavy clashes with members of government forces,
More than a dozen members of the government forces were killed while several others were injured in the nightly clashes, parliament member Keramuddin Reza Zada told dpa news agency.
In Balkh province in the north of the country, Taliban fighters took control of the Zara district after forcing members of government forces to evacuate the center of the district, two local officials said.
Security forces evacuated the district without any casualties with the help of the air force, said provincial councilor Afzal Hadid, who added that the area had been besieged for a long time.