Two explosions occurred in the Afghan capital of Kabul on November 17th, killing at least one person and wounding at least six, according to Taliban officials.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayeed Khosty reported on Twitter that the first explosion, which has been attributed to a car bomb, hit the Shi’ite Muslim area of Dashte Barchi in western Kabul. One civilian was killed and six were wounded, including three women.
There are conflicting reports about the number of casualties in the first explosion, with one Taliban official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, reporting that seven people were killed and nine wounded.
The second explosion occurred in the nearby Karte 3 area, according to local residents. A Taliban official has told news sources that security forces are still gathering information.
Mohammad Nabi, who is a resident of Dashte Barchi, reported that he believed the second explosion had also caused casualties, though those details have not been confirmed.
Photos of the aftermath of the explosion have been posted on social media, showing the twisted wreckage of the car.
According to reporting from The Globe and Mail, “The explosions added to a series of blasts to hit Kabul in recent days, with Shi’ite areas in the west of the city targeted several times. There was no claim of responsibility but Islamic State militants have claimed several attacks on Shi’ite targets including mosques.”