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Afghanistan

Journalist killed as minibus hit by bomb in Afghan capital Kabul

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A well-known Afghan journalist was killed and at least four other people injured Saturday when a suspected bomb destroyed a minibus near a Taliban checkpoint in Kabul, a media watchdog and officials said.

"Unfortunately we lost another reporter," the Afghan Journalists Center tweeted hours after the blast, saying Hamid Seighani, who worked for the Ariana television network, had died in the blast.

His wife, also a journalist, posted "I lost Hamid" on her Facebook page.

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A nearby hospital posted a notice saying it had admitted one dead and four injured. Taliban spokesman Zabihulla Mujahid tweeted that one person had been killed and two injured.

The blast comes a day after at least three people were killed and 15 wounded by a bomb at a mosque Nangarhar.

According to the AFP news agency, the incident happened in Dasht-e Barchi, a Kabul suburb dominated by members of the mostly Shia Hazara community, who for years have been the target of violence by the ISIS group.

Since the Taliban returned to power on August 15, dozens of bombs have been set off in eastern Nangarhar province -- a hotbed of ISIS activity -- but the capital Kabul has largely escaped such violence.

"I was in my car and an explosion happened in the vehicle in front of us," a witness told AFP.

"It was completely burnt."

(With AFP)

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