The explosion of a bomb in Kabul kills eight people, injures more than 20

KABUL: A bomb blast on a busy shopping street in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed at least eight people and injured 22 on Saturday, hospital officials and witnesses said.
The bomb exploded in a western part of the city where members of the Shia Muslim minority community meet regularly. The Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack, the group said on its Telegram channel.
A senior medical officer from a private hospital said at least eight people died and 22 were injured.
A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said an investigation team was at the site of the blast to help the injured and assess the victims.
Video footage posted online showed ambulances rushing to the scene, which is also located near bus stations.
The attack took place before Ashura, commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, mainly marked by Shiite Muslims.
On Friday, at least eight people were killed and 18 injured in an explosion in Kabul perpetrated by the Islamic State.
The Islamic State does not control any territory in Afghanistan, but has sleeper cells that have attacked religious minorities in the country and Taliban patrols in power.
Sunni Muslim Taliban authorities, who took control of Afghanistan in August last year after a two-decade insurrection, said they will provide greater protection for Shia mosques and other structures.
Sayed Kazum Hojat, a Shiite religious scholar in Kabul, said the Taliban government strengthened security before Ashura, but should improve vigilance.
There are no updated census data, but estimates put the Shia community in size between 10 and 20 percent of the 39 million population, including Persian-speaking and Hazara-speaking Tajiks and Pashtuns.