At approximately 1700 local time (1230 UTC) on 10 December 2021, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near a passenger vehicle in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of the capital Kabul, killing two civilians and injuring three more. In a separate incident in western Kabul, another IED detonated, injuring an additional civilian. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the Islamic State Khorasan Province group has routinely carried out similar attacks. According to a Taliban spokesperson, a third improvised explosive device also detonated in an unnamed area of the city, but no one was injured.

Analyst Comment: It is likely the Dasht-e-Barchi explosion was targeting the country’s Hazara minority, as the area is mostly populated by ethnic Hazaras who practice Shia Islam, as opposed to the Taliban and the Islamic State group’s fundamentalist Sunni Islam. Minority communities have been frequent targets of militant attacks since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021