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Deadly Roadside Bomb Blast Hits Kabul

  • Ayaz Gul

Afghan officials investigate at the site of a bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 13, 2017.

Separate roadside bomb blasts in Afghanistan Monday killed at least one person and wounded 22 others, including three American soldiers.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sidiqqi said an improvised explosive device struck a minivan in Kabul, killing at least one woman and wounding 19 people, including four women.

Witnesses told VOA the explosion set the vehicle on fire, as well as several nearby shops. There were no immediate claims of responsibly for the attack.

Separately, NATO's Resolute Support mission reported an IED attack on a U.S. mine-resistant vehicle in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The blast caused "minor injuries" to three American soldiers, the mission said on its official Twitter account.

Islamic State through its Amaq media wing claimed responsibility for the attack on the U.S. military vehicle. This is the first time that local IS loyalists have staged an attack on an American military mission.

IS also took credit for last Wednesday's assault on the largest Afghan military hospital in Kabul, that killed over 50 people.

Jalalabad hosts a U.S. military base and is the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, where Taliban insurgents are active and Islamic State militants also operate in several of its southern districts.

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