Afghanistan: Explosion in Kabul kills three people and wounds 13

Afghanistan: Explosion in Kabul kills three people and wounds 13
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21 September, 2022
An explosion in Kabul killed at least three people, according to a Taliban official on Wednesday. The cause of the blast is currently unknown.
Kabul has been targeted by a number of explosions since the Taliban seized power last year [source: Getty]

An explosion in Afghanistan's capital has killed at least three people and wounded 13 others, a Taliban official said on Wednesday.

According to Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the blast occurred in a restaurant in the city's western Dehmazang neighborhood. A team has arrived in the area to find out the cause of the blast, he added.

Police did not say if the blast was an accident or the result of an attack. Residents and workers in the area said the restaurant was a popular place to eat for low-income workers and poor people because it was cheap.

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One of those killed in the explosion was a teenager who worked in a photography shop in the area. His funeral took place on Wednesday.

The regional affiliate of IS, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, has increased attacks on mosques and minorities across the country since the Taliban seized power last August.

IS, which emerged in eastern Afghanistan in 2014, is seen as the greatest security challenge facing the country’s new Taliban rulers.

Following their takeover a year ago, the Taliban have launched a sweeping crackdown on IS.