The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in a passenger van in Kabul on Saturday that killed at least one person.
In the second explosion in the Afghan capital in two days, security concerns have risen on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. According to the Islamic State’s Telegram channel, the group claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack wherein one woman was killed and three were injured in a passenger van blast.
A day earlier, an explosion killed more than 50 worshippers after Friday prayers at a Kabul mosque amid a spate of mosque attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Surrounding the holiday of Eid, security concerns are at an all-time high in Afghanistan where the Taliban has taken over. Taliban authorities announced on Saturday that Eid would be marked the following day, leading to raucous rounds of celebratory gunfire in the streets of Kabul late on Saturday night.
The authorities also moved to assuage people’s fears over security ahead of Eid.
“We ensure our countrymen we will ensure security during Eid,” spokesman for Afghan interior ministry Abdul Nafee Takor said.