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Afghan blast kills one, wounds dozens

A blast has hit the money exchange hub in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, killing one and injuring dozens, health workers said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

The Emergency Hospital in Kabul said in a tweet that one fatality and 59 injured people had been brought to the hospital, 33 of whom were admitted for their injuries.

The Taliban administration’s Interior Ministry said that a thief had thrown a hand grenade into the money exchange hub and 10 people had been injured.

The attack took place after a relative lull in violence over the cold winter months.

The Taliban say they have secured the country since taking over in August, but international officials and analysts say that the risk of a resurgence in militancy remains and the Islamic State militant group has claimed several major attacks.

Since returning to power, the Taliban have been routinely under-reporting security incidents in Afghanistan and often dismiss them as robberies and kidnappings.

Pictures on social media showed the floor of the market stained with blood, injured people being taken to hospitals and people fleeing.

As the weather is getting warmer, the number of security incidents are increasing in the war-torn country controlled by the Taliban.

In addition to the threat of the Islamic State terrorist organisation, several armed groups, mainly formed by anti-Taliban figures and former government security forces, are vying for power.

Late on Saturday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for two bombings that occurred in Herat and Kabul provinces in the past two days.

Two people were injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Kabul’s Police District 5 on Saturday that was reportedly targeting a Taliban vehicle.

At least four people were killed and 25 others injured in twin blasts at a playground in a Shiite-majority area in Herat province on Friday.

with dpa

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