Hazaras attacked in Kabul as Shias mark Muharram

After the explosion against Shiites in the sixth security district of ​​Kabul city, in which more than 50 people were killed and wounded, the west of Kabul witnessed another deadly attack with a similar approach on August 6th.

On Saturday evening (August 6), a huge explosion occurred among the stalls that were selling flags on the occasion of Muharram. Taliban have said that 2 people were killed and 22 people were injured in this explosion, but eyewitnesses reject Taliban statistics and say that 7 people were killed and more than 35 others are injured. The Taliban have beaten and arrested a man for taking pictures. The witnesses of the incident said that some of the injured and dead bodies were transferred to Mawla Ali Hospital, Ferdous Medical Hospital and Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital, which is located next to the Pul-e-Sukhta. Witnesses and local sources have also said that the Taliban prevented people from entering the hospitals to donate blood to the wounded victims of the blast.

On Saturday evening, an explosion occurred in the Pul-e-Sukhta area, one of the crowded places of Kabul city, whose residents are mostly Hazaras, among the stalls that were selling flags on the occasion of Muharram. Moments after this incident, the Taliban confirmed the explosion of a mine in this crowded neighborhood of Kabul and said that two people were killed and 22 others are injured.

Moments after the explosion, video tapes of the scene were published on social media. In one of these published video tapes, it can be seen that several people are trying to help the injured ones get out of the scene and shift them to surrounding hospitals.According to this video tape, the explosion took place at the beginning of the Pul-e-Sukhta and near the Golai Dawakhana intersection.

Meanwhile, an eyewitness, who does not want to be named in the report, told Hasht-e Subh: “I went to the area after the explosion happened. We picked up three martyrs in the car. I don’t know the number of other martyrs, but as far as I know, there are 7 martyrs.”

“It was really painful,” the eyewitness added. “When I saw that all the poor people were targeted. Sellers were martyred and wounded, and those who were passing by were wounded and martyred. It was painful.” According to this eyewitness, the injured are more than 25 people who are in critical condition, but there are also many superficially injured people who are not taken  to the hospitals. He emphasizes: “Karbala is right here, it will break your heart to see it up close. The ability to help is taken away from you.”

Local sources also told Hasht-e Subh that despite their efforts and insistence, the Taliban did not allow people to enter the hospital and donate blood to the victims of the explosion. These sources add that a large number of people, including members of the families of the wounded, rushed to Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital to donate blood to the wounded. According to the sources, several “armed Taliban fighters” closed the gate of the hospital and treated the patients violently and did not allow anyone to enter the hospital.

After a few hours of the incident, Khalid Zadran, the spokesman of the Taliban’s security command for Kabul, tweeted that the explosion was caused by explosives embedded in a vase in the Pul-e-Sukhta area of ​​the 6th district of Kabul city. According to him, 2 people were killed and 22 others are injured in this incident.

At the same time, Ferdous Hospital officials, located next to the explosion site, said that the number of wounded individuals shifted to this hospital are 22, but did not say anything about the dead. On the other hand, a list from Mohammad Ali Jinnah Hospital in the west of Kabul was published on social media, showing two dead and 13 wounded.

The UNAMA has reacted to this incident and said that the Taliban must prevent such attacks and conduct transparent and complete investigations. It has also condemned the attack yesterday in Sar-e-Kariz area of ​​Kabul city in which50 people were killed and injured. The areas are mostly Hazara dominated areas and the majority of the victims area all Hazaras.

The Muharram ceremony used to be very vulnerable, but his year with Taliban being in power, the  attacks on Hazaras and Shiites have increased in an unprecedented manner.

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