Taliban leader: Explosion kills 3 in Afghan capital

ISLAMABAD – An explosion in the Afghan capital has killed at least three people and injured 13, a Taliban official said on Wednesday.

According to Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, the explosion occurred at a restaurant in the western district of Dehmazang. A team has arrived in the area to find out the cause of the explosion, he added.

Police did not say whether the explosion was an accident or the result of an attack. Afghan towns are sometimes targeted by the local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

Residents and workers in the area said the restaurant was a popular place to eat for low-income workers and the poor because it was cheap.

One of those killed in the blast was a teenager who worked at a local photography store. His funeral took place on Wednesday, a few hours after the incident.

An eyewitness, Hamid, said three of his friends were killed. “There were many casualties and we put them in a civilian vehicle and other vehicles, and they were taken to Isteqlal hospital.”

Mohammad Mukhtar, the father of one of the victims, said his son was having lunch at the restaurant.

“Five minutes later, we were informed that my son had been martyred in the explosion. When I went to the hospital, I saw my son’s body. Who is responsible for it? Who can I hold responsible for its loss? »

The local IS affiliate, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan province, has stepped up attacks on mosques and minorities across the country since the Taliban took power last August.

The group emerged in eastern Afghanistan in 2014 and is seen as the biggest security challenge facing the country’s new Taliban leadership. After taking power a year ago, the Taliban launched a massive campaign of repression against IS.