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Death Toll from Serial Blasts in Kabul Increases to Two, 24 Wounded

KABUL – The death toll from a series of consecutive explosions in the Afghan capital city of Kabul has increased to two, officials said on Sunday.

Health Ministry spokesperson Wahidullah Mayar told EFE that 24 other people were injured, including a cameraman from the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA).

The first explosion occurred at 7:50 am local time, when a bomb attached to a minibus was detonated on a street in western Kabul, Interior Ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi told EFE.

“As a result of today’s explosion in District 5 of Kabul city, one person was killed and 10 others, including four women, were wounded,” Mayar said before the increase in the death toll.

The number of wounded shot up in the following minutes as another two explosions followed in the same area, according to Kabul police spokesperson Ferdaws Faramarz.

Two reporters and five members of the security forces who had come to the area following the first explosion were among the wounded.

According to a statement by the organization Nai – Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan, EPA photographer Jawid Kargar and reporter for Afghanistan’s Kalid Radio, Mohammad Fasih Motawakal, were among those wounded.

The photographer from EPA – which is made up of EFE and eight other European national press agencies – was taken to a government hospital for medical attention to his wounded leg.

The attack has yet to be claimed by any extremist group.

In the past, different insurgent groups have claimed responsibility for several major attacks in the Afghan capital.

According to the latest data from the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Afghan government controls just 54 percent of the country’s territory.

This is the lowest proportion of land under the government’s control since 2015, when SIGAR started keeping records and data in this regard.

 

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