Explosion in Afghan capital injures two


Adds confirmation, number of victims

KABUL, November 15 (Reuters)The bomb explosion in the Afghan capital of Kabul injured two people on Monday, the Taliban’s interior ministry said, just two days after a similar explosion claimed by the militant group Islamic State.

Both devices were of a magnetic type attached to vehicles that have become common in Afghanistan, generally causing fewer casualties and less damage than suicide bombings, but used in targeted assassinations that undermine confidence in security.

“I was busy with a customer when a boom hit the store,” said Ahmad Murtaza, a shopkeeper from Kote Sangi, in western Kabul.

“I saw people taking victims to the site of the explosion, I don’t know if they were dead or injured.”

Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayeed Khosty said the explosion was caused by a sticky bomb and injured two people, but gave no details.

A similar magnetic bomb destroyed a minibus in western Kabul on Saturday, killing and injuring several people.

(Written by James Mackenzie, edited by Ed Osmond and Clarence Fernandez, edited by William Maclean)

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