An explosion rocked Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding 59, according to reports.
“In a tweet, Kabul’s Emergency Hospital said one body was received at the hospital and 59 people were treated, with 30 of the wounded being admitted for further treatment. It did not specify the injuries,” The Associated Press reported.
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The state-run Bakhtar News Agency acknowledged the explosion, but reported only 10 people were “superficially” hurt.
“According to ministry of Interior press office, the blast” occurred “when a thief hurled a hand grenade at the crowd to steal people’s money,” the outlet said.
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“According to security officials, ten people were superficially injured in the blast, and security officials are investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators,” it added.
One money changer told the AP the market was closed in the immediate aftermath of the blast.
The explosion comes months after the Taliban took back control of Afghanistan’s government following U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from the nation.
“The blast was the first in the Afghan capital in months. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have stepped up security throughout most of the country since sweeping to power in August,” the AP reported.
As the Taliban consolidates its power, it does face a threat from Islamic State group militants.
“The greatest threat facing the Taliban comes from the Islamic State group affiliate known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province, or IS-K. The Taliban have cracked down on the affiliate in its stronghold in eastern Afghanistan,” according to the AP.