5 Killed, 23 Others Injured as Massive Blast Rocks Local Restaurant in Afghanistan’s Kabul

  An explosion in Afghanistan’s capital has killed at least five people and wounded 23 others, a Taliban official said on Wednesday. Accordi...

 


An explosion in Afghanistan’s capital has killed at least five people and wounded 23 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. Afghan cities are sometimes the target of the local Islamic State group affiliate. 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. 

Mohammad Mukhtar, the father of one of the victims, said his son had been having lunch at the restaurant. “Five minutes later, we were informed that my son was martyred in the explosion. When I went to the hospital, I saw my son’s dead body. Who is responsible for it? Whom I can hold accountable for his loss?”

IS’s local affiliate, 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. The group emerged in eastern Afghanistan in 2014 and 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.

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