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Taliban say 8 killed in bombs in Shia neighborhood of Kabul

A bomb hidden in a cart exploded Friday near a mosque in the Afghan capital's Shia minority district, killing at least eight people. killed and 18 injured. Taliban official said.

Also on Friday, hundreds of Afghans, apparently organized by the Taliban, rallied in several provinces to kill Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawari on the balcony of his Kabul hideout last Sunday. condemned the US drone attack.

According to Khalid Zadran, spokesman for the Taliban-appointed Kabul police chief, the cart bombing occurred in the Saleh Karez area of ​​western Kabul. Initial reports said two people were killed, but the casualty toll climbed quickly as more people were taken to local hospitals.

"Again, the enemy launched an attack on (Holy Day) and killed innocent civilians," Zadran said. He added that police had launched an investigation.

A regional branch of IS, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan province, claimed on social media that their fighters detonated the bomb.

Since the Taliban took power last August, IS has increased its attacks on mosques and ethnic minorities across the country.

groups. The organization, which has been active in Afghanistan since 2014, is seen as the biggest security challenge facing the country's Taliban rulers. After taking over Afghanistan, the Taliban launched a sweeping crackdown on his IS headquarters in the eastern part of the country.

On Wednesday, five of his men, including two Taliban fighters, were killed in a shootout between the Taliban and his IS. The fighting broke out near the temple of Sakhi in the Karti He Sakhi district, where the people of Imam, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, were busy preparing an Ashorah to commemorate his death in the battle of Hussein in the 7th century.

Anti-American rallies following Friday's prayers, religious scholars, and protesters condemned the attack that killed al-Zawari, and called the attack against international principles, particularly the U.S. government's withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Protesters hoisted banners with the slogans "Death to America" ​​and rallied against President Joe Biden.

The Taliban did not say Zawari was killed in the drone strike. In a statement Thursday, they claimed they were "unaware that al-Qaeda leaders had arrived and resided" in Kabul.

However, despite the Taliban's denials that al-Zawari had knowledge of his existence, U.S. officials said he was in a Kabul hideout with ties to deputy Taliban leaders. He said he was staying Al-Zawari, who stepped onto the balcony of his hideout, died in a strike.

The strike further strained relations between the Taliban and the West. Afghanistan's rulers are calling for an emergency cash injection to deal with the devastating economic collapse that followed the U.S. withdrawal a year ago.