Explosions in northern Afghanistan kill at least 9

Two blasts aimed at separate vehicles wounded 13 people

A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of a bomb explosion inside a mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif province, Afghanistan, on April 21. AP
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Two explosions, within minutes of each other, killed at least nine people and wounded 13 in northern Afghanistan on Thursday, a spokesman for a Taliban-appointed police chief said.

The blasts targeted two vehicles in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, said the spokesman, Mohammad Waziri.

The source of the blasts was not immediately clear and the spokesman provided no further details.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban security cordoned off the area.

Residents said members of the Shiite minority Hazara ethnic group appeared to be the target.

The attacks are the latest in a series of deadly bombings to rattle Afghanistan.

Last week, 33 Shiite worshippers were killed when a bomb ripped through a mosque and an adjacent religious school.

ISIS's regional affiliate, a top enemy of Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, claimed responsibility for that bombing.

Updated: April 28, 2022, 9:35 PM