UN’s Bennett urges full investigation of Kabul attack that claimed at least 7 lives

Following Tuesday evening’s explosion in Kabul, Richard Bennett, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan, expressed his deep concern regarding this attack and the broader pattern of violence against the Hazara community in Afghanistan.

Bennett highlighted that this is the third attack targeting the Hazara community in less than a month.

In a statement posted on X, Bennett emphasized the imperative need for “a full and transparent investigation” into the incident, underscoring the importance of identifying and holding the perpetrators accountable for their actions.

Simultaneously, former President Hamid Karzai issued a statement on X condemning the attack in the strongest terms. Karzai unequivocally labeled the attack as a “terrorist act and a crime against humanity.” He noted that the attack transgresses “all human and Islamic principles and values.”

The Taliban reported that the attack, which took place on Tuesday evening in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in the western part of Kabul, resulted in the deaths of at least seven individuals and left 20 others injured. The attack targeted a minibus, further raising concerns about the safety and security of the Hazara community in the region.

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

This incident follows a similar attack that occurred just 10 days ago, involving a blast at a boxing gym in the Dasht-e-Barchi area, west of Kabul. According to sources, that attack resulted in the deaths of at least seven people, with over 20 others sustaining injuries.