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PublishDate: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 20:46

22 dead as twin blasts

AVA- At least 22 people were killed and 25 wounded in the first explosion, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.
It was unclear what had caused the second blast and there was no information on casualties.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the attack occurred in Dasht-e-Barchi, an area where many of the mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority live.
Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the second explosion hit as police were helping victims and a number of journalists were at the site. Samim Faramarz a Tolo News correspondent is among the dead bodies.
Last April, a suicide bomber targeted journalists covering an attack in central Kabul, killing nine.
The area has frequently been targeted by attacks claimed by ISIS, a militant Sunni group. Last month, dozens of students preparing for a university entrance examination were killed at an educational center in the area.
The attack underlined the danger in Kabul as elections approach next month as well as the threat facing the Hazaras, a Persian-speaking minority that has long faced discrimination and which has borne the brunt of attacks claimed by ISIS in Kabul.
 
 

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