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Explosions in Afghanistan have killed at least 10 people and injured dozens News

KABUL, Afghanistan – According to police and a hospital, a series of bombings across Afghanistan on Thursday killed at least 10 people and injured dozens more.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly bombings, but they were mostly aimed at Shiite Muslims who are a minority in the country and had all the hallmarks of a deadly branch of the Islamic State known as the Islamic State in Khorasan province, or IDF. .

The worst of the three attacks took place in northern Mazar-e-Sharif, where at least 10 worshipers were killed when they knelt in prayer, said Dr Ghausuddin Anwari, head of the main hospital in northern Mazar-e-Sharif. Another 40 were injured. They were brought by ambulances and cars.

The blast at the Sai Doken Mosque in the north of Mazar-e-Sharif took place at a time when Muslims celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, when believers fast from sunrise to sunset.

Earlier on Thursday, two children were injured in a roadside bomb blast in the Kabul capital. The bomb also targeted Shiites who were the minority in the country, striking the Dasht-e-Barchi area of ​​Kabul, which is dominated by Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan’s minority.

Two days earlier, at least six people, mostly children, were killed and 17 others were injured in numerous explosions at schools in the same area.

The third blast on Thursday, in the northern province of Kunduz, took place in a car with mechanics hired by the ruling Taliban, said Matiula Rahani, head of the information and culture department in Kunduz province.

Thursday’s series of deadly bombings came after months of relative calm in Afghanistan and after the dispersal of ISIS by Taliban leaders in the first months after they came to power.

The ISIS branch, which has been operating in Afghanistan since 2014, is seen as the biggest security problem facing Taliban leaders. After seizing power in August, the Taliban launched a large-scale crackdown on ISIS headquarters in eastern Afghanistan.

Proponents of the Hazara minority, meanwhile, have called for an end to the killings. Hazaras, who make up about 9 percent of Afghanistan’s 36 million people, are being attacked separately because of their ethnicity – different from other ethnic groups such as Tajiks and Uzbeks and most Pashtuns – and their religion. Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims who despise Sunni Muslim radicals, such as the Islamic State, and are discriminated against by many in the Sunni-majority country.

The Islamic State branch has previously attacked schools, especially in the Shiite-dominated Dasht-e-Barchi area. In May last year, a few months before the Taliban came to power in Kabul, more than 60 children, mostly girls, were killed when two bombs were detonated near their school, also in the Dasht-e-Barchi area.

Dasht-e-Barchi and other parts of western Kabul are home to Afghanistan’s Shiite minorities, who have largely targeted Islamic State devotees, but no one has credited the recent bombings.

Associated Press authors Tamim Ahgar and Rahim Fayez of Islamabad contributed to this report.

The Islamic State branch has previously attacked schools, especially in the Shiite-dominated Dasht-e-Barchi area. In May last year, a few months before the Taliban came to power in Kabul, more than 60 children, mostly girls, were killed when two bombs were detonated near their school, also in the Dasht-e-Barchi area.

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