KABUL: A bomb exploded and killed two people in a Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul on Saturday with the Islamic State group claiming the blast -- the second targeting the Afghan minority in as many days, reports AFP.
The explosion, which came ahead of the major Shiite mourning ritual of Ashura on Monday, also wounded 22 others, police spokesman Khalid Zadran said in a statement to journalists.
The blast was claimed by the Sunni jihadist Islamic State (IS) group, which said its soldiers detonated an explosive device targeting Shiites, according to jihadist monitor SITE.
On Friday, eight people were killed and 18 others were wounded when a bomb attached to a handcart exploded in a Shiite area in west Kabul.
IS also claimed that
The number of violent public attacks across the country has fallen since the Taliban returned to power in August last year, but IS has continued to target Shiites, whom it views as heretics.
Taliban officials insist their forces have defeated IS, but analysts say the jihadist group remains a key security challenge.