One killed as minibus hit by bomb in Afghan capital

KABUL (AFP) – At least one person was killed and four others injured Saturday when a suspected bomb destroyed a minibus near a Taleban checkpoint in Kabul, officials said.

The incident happened in Dasht-e Barchi, a Kabul suburb dominated by members of the mostly Shiite Hazara community, who for years have been the target of violence by the Islamic State (IS) group.

Since the Taleban returned to power on August 15, dozens of bombs have been set off in eastern Nangarhar province – a hotbed of IS activity – but the capital Kabul has largely escaped such violence.

“I was in my car and an explosion happened in the vehicle in front of us,” a witness told AFP.

“It was completely burnt.”

He said the explosion occurred near a Taleban checkpoint, and that gunfire could be heard briefly immediately afterwards.

A nearby hospital posted a notice saying it had admitted one dead and four injured.

Taleban spokesman Zabihulla Mujahid tweeted that one person had been killed and two injured.

The blast comes a day after at least three people were killed and 15 wounded by a bomb at a mosque in Nangarhar.