The bomb destroyed a minibus carrying government workers, civilian employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, but it is not clear what the target was. Possibly, the car wanted to target the home of deputy government chief executive and former warlord Mohammad Mohaqiq. The area of western Kabul has been the scene of several previous attacks. This is home to many Shia Hazaras, a persecuted ethnic minority which was hit hard a year ago in a strike which killed dozens.
After the attack in Kabul
Several prominent political leaders live in the Kabul neighborhood. At least 1,662 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan during the first half of 2017 and Kabul has accounted for at least 20% of these deaths, according to the United Nations. No militant group immediately claimed the blast, but it came as the Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country in recent days. Officials said the bomber also died in the attack. NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan ended three years ago, handing sole responsibility to the country’s security forces.