Officials say at least one person was killed in a bombing in a passenger van in Kabul on Saturday, the second in the Afghan capital in two days, as security fears grow on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
According to the Islamic State’s telegram channel, the group claimed credit for the strike on Saturday.
According to Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for Kabul’s commander, “one woman was killed and three others were injured,” dur to the bombing.
After Friday prayers at a Kabul mosque, an explosion killed more than 50 people, the latest in a string of mosque bombings during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Ali Maisam, 19, who was waiting outside a neighbouring bakery at the time of the passenger van explosion, said he witnessed a number of bodies.
“I witnessed people with bleeding and burned faces exiting the van… “I witnessed four bodies being dragged out, and among the deceased was a woman,” he claimed.
Concerns over security have grown across Afghanistan as the country prepares to celebrate Eid al-Fitr for the first time in more than 20 years under Taliban control, after the organisation that was ousted from power following a US war in 2001.
After international soldiers withdrew from Afghanistan last August, the Taliban retook authority, and the country has seen an increase in Islamic State strikes since then.
The Taliban stated on Saturday that Eid would be celebrated the next day, prompting a barrage of celebratory gunfire in Kabul’s streets late Saturday night.
Authorities have also taken steps to soothe public concerns about security ahead of Eid.
“We assure our people that we would provide security during Eid,” said Abdul Nafee Takor, spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry.