US special envoy calls for probe into Kabul blast amid rising concerns over ‘targeted attacks’

Thomas West, the US special representative for Afghanistan, has condemned Tuesday evening’s explosion in the west part of Kabul, calling for a comprehensive investigation into the incident.

West expressed concern over a series of deadly attacks on Hazaras in the past month and emphasized the need for thorough investigations into these events.

“We lament tragic loss of lives in the third attack on Hazaras in less than a month. These senseless attacks must stop, urge full investigation,” West stated on X.

Simultaneously, the Afghan Women’s Political Participation Network, in a meeting in Kabul, raised apprehensions about the escalating violence and insecurity in Afghanistan.

Tuesday evening’s in Mehtab Qala area targeted a civilian bus moving from Kote Sanghi to Dasht Parchi. Sources report eight casualties and 37 injuries.

The Women’s Political Participation Network presented a set of demands in response to the increasing violence:

Stopping the killing of Shiites and Hazaras, unconditional release of political and social prisoners, ending arbitrary arrests of civil activists and women, taking a necessary and serious approach to the difficult situation of former soldiers and their families, preventing the international community from turning Afghanistan into a safe haven for terrorists, recognition of gender apartheid in Afghanistan, and drawing attention and necessary action from the United Nations to the difficult situation of immigrants.

Despite mounting reactions against targeted attacks on Shias and Hazaras, three deadly attacks have occurred in the past month. ISIS-K claimed responsibility for these attacks on the Imam Zaman mosque, a stadium in Dasht-e-Barchi, and the recent explosion in the west of Kabul.

Earlier, Richard Bennett, the special rapporteur of the United Nations for Afghanistan, also called for an investigation to identify and address the perpetrators of these recent attacks.