7 Dead After Kabul Bus Blast

Seven people have been killed after blasts hit two buses in western Kabul on Saturday.

The explosions took place in a neighborhood dominated by the minority Hazara community. Similar attacks on buses there earlier this month killed 12 civilians. Kabul’s police spokesman Basir Mujahid added that the explosions had wounded at least half a dozen people. Violence has been rising in Afghanistan as foreign forces withdraw from the country by Sept. 11. Efforts to broker a peace settlement between the Afghan government and insurgent Taliban have also slowed. It was not immediately clear who was behind Saturday’s attacks. The Hazara community has also been the target of a number of attacks from the Islamic State militant group. In May an unclaimed attack on a school in the area left around 80 dead – most of whom were school girls.

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