Islamabad, January 10: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a minivan explosion in the Afghan capital on Tuesday that killed at least three people. The militant group said it detonated an explosive on a vehicle belonging to employees of Afghanistan's main prison in Kabul, killing and wounding about 10 people, according to a statement released by the group shortly after the attack. Afghanistan Blast: Seven Killed, 15 Injured in Suicide Attack at Mosque in Baghlan Province, Disturbing Video Surfaces.
Police spokesman Khalid Zadran confirmed that a bomb had exploded but said three civilians were killed and four others wounded in the attack. He added that the explosion occurred in the eastern part of the city, in the Alokhail area, and that police had detained one suspect. The Islamic State group's affiliate in the region has in the past carried out attacks, often targeting Shiites, whom IS considers to be apostates. Afghanistan Blast: Seven Civilians Killed, 20 Others Wounded After Minibus Explodes in Kabul's Dashti Barchi Area; Probe Launched.
Over the weekend, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a minibus explosion in western Kabul that killed at least five people. The IS affiliate has been a major rival of the Taliban since the latter seized control of Afghanistan in August 2021 as U.S. and other troops withdrew. IS militants have struck in Kabul and in northern provinces.