One person was killed and eight were injured in a bombing at a cultural center in northern Afghanistan run by the minority Shiite community over the weekend, and Daesh has claimed responsibility, according to ISLAMABAD.
On Saturday, during a celebration for local journalists, a bomb exploded in the Tabian center of the Hazaras in Mazar-e-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh.
Daesh’s regional offshoot, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, is a major Taliban adversary and a frequent target of the Shiite minority in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021, the militant group has stepped up its attacks there. Many Taliban patrols have been killed or injured in recent Daesh attacks.
A statement released by Daesh’s Aamaq news agency claimed that explosives were placed in a bag and left in the center of the building. The targeted individuals are employees of an organization “that engaged in war” against Daesh, according to the statements.
One of the center’s security guards was killed, according to Abdul Nafi Takor, the Taliban’s appointed spokesman for the interior ministry.
There were eight people hurt, and three of them were kids.
The bombing in Mazar-e-Sharif that killed provincial governor Daud Muzmal and two others occurred just two days before the attack on the center. Injuries totaled four.
On Thursday, Daesh claimed responsibility for that murder, as well.