Five Afghan Government Employees Killed in Kabul Bus Bombing

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Five Afghan Government Employees Killed in Kabul Bus Bombing

mage Attribute: Kabul bus bombing on June 3, 2019. The bus was carrying employees of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission/ Source: Rahmat Gul/AP

 Image Attribute: Kabul bus bombing on June 3, 2019. The bus was carrying employees of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission/ Source: Rahmat Gul/AP

On June 3, 2019, a magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a bus carrying government employees killed at least five people and wounded 10 more in Kabul, Afghan officials said. Later, Dr. Wahidullah Mayar, Senior Communication/Public Relations Advisor and Spokesperson at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), confirmed the death toll via social media post.

The explosion occurred in Darul Aman road near the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul at around 1:30pm local time.
Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bus was carrying employees of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan (IARCSC).

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came only hours after the Interior Ministry briefed media on security measures in large cities ahead of Eid.

Image Attribute: Kabul bus bombing on June 3, 2019. The bus was carrying employees of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission/ Source: Rahmat Gul/AP

 Image Attribute: Kabul bus bombing on June 3, 2019. The bus was carrying employees of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission/ Source: Rahmat Gul/AP

The attack, the latest in a series to hit the Afghan capital over the past several days, came with the city under tight security ahead of this week's Eid al-Fitr holiday ending the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Both Taliban and Islamic State militants have staged attacks in Kabul, which was hit by a wave of attacks over the past week. Four bombings on June 2 killed at least two people and wounded 27. They came after deadly suicide bombings on May 30 and May 31.

With reporting by BBC, RFE/RL and TOLO News