(MENAFN) An explosion near Afghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul on Monday killed at least six people and wounded many more, in the latest attack to target the country's ruling Taliban regime. The blast occurred at a security checkpoint close to the ministry building, which is situated on a road leading to many important government institutions, facilities, and several foreign embassies. The explosion took place as government employees were leaving work for the day, during rush hour, according to a Kabul police official.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but ISIS-K, the dangerous affiliate of the larger terror group in Afghanistan, has carried out many deadly suicide bombings across the country since its enemies in the Taliban retook the country following the U.S. military withdrawal in 2021. In January, an ISIS suicide bomber targeted employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs not far from the site of Monday's explosion, killing 13 people and wounding more than 40 others.
The Taliban have dismissed the threat posed by ISIS-K, but their security forces have carried out repeated operations against the group in its strongholds. However, the violence in Afghanistan has continued, despite the Taliban's attempts to maintain security and stability in the country.
The explosion on Monday left many more wounded, and a hospital in Kabul run by Italian medics reported that it had received two dead and 12 wounded, including a child, from the incident. The European Union's office in Kabul condemned the attack, with the deputy head of the mission expressing her shock and sadness about the explosion and the loss of innocent lives.
The attack highlights the ongoing security challenges faced by the Taliban as they attempt to maintain control over Afghanistan. The country has experienced decades of conflict, and the withdrawal of U.S. troops has created a power vacuum that extremist groups such as ISIS-K have sought to exploit. The Taliban's efforts to maintain security and stability in the country will likely face continued challenges from these groups, as well as from internal political and social tensions.
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