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Two blasts hit Afghan capital Kabul, officials say

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<div> <p><span class="caps">KABUL</span> – Two explosions hit the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least one person and wounding at least six, including three women, Taliban officials and residents said.</p> <p>One car bomb blast in Dasht-e Barchi, a heavily Shi’ite Muslim area of western Kabul, killed a civilian and wounded six, interior ministry spokesman Qari Sayeed Khosty said in a tweet.</p> <p>There was no confirmation of casualty numbers and one Taliban official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said seven people had been killed and nine wounded.</p> <p>A second explosion was also reported in the nearby Karte 3 area, local residents said. A Taliban official said security forces were still gathering information.</p> <p>Images posted on social media showed a car destroyed by flames as well as twisted wreckage.</p> <p>The explosions added to a series of blasts to hit Kabul in recent days, with Shi’ite areas in the west of the city targeted several times.</p> <p>There was no claim of responsibility but Islamic State militants have claimed several attacks on Shi’ite targets including mosques.</p> <p>Mohammad Nabi, a resident of Dashti Barchi, said it appeared that the second explosion had also caused casualties but there were no immediate details.</p> <p/> </div>