Kabul bombing leaves eight dead and more than 20 injured.

Bomb detonated in a western district of the city, where members of the minority Shiite Muslim community gather regularly . Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim militant group, alleged responsibility for the attack .

KABUL (KABUL) – On Saturday, a bomb was fired at least eight people in a busy shopping street in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, injuring 22, according to hospital officials and witnesses.The bomb detonated in a western district of the city, where members of the minority Shiite Muslim community gather regularly.The group alleged responsibility for the attack on its Telegram page, according to Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim militant group.At least eight people were killed and 22 were injured, according to a senior medical officer at a private hospital.

Ambulance agents were rushed to the scene in a video clip posted online, which was also near bus stations.The attack came ahead of Ashura, a commemoration of Hussein's martyrdom as the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, which is largely commemorated by Shiite Muslims.On Friday, an Islamic State explosion in Kabul killed at least eight people and injured 18.Although the Islamic State does not own any land in Afghanistan, it does have sleeper cells that have been harassing religious minorities in the region, as well as Taliban patrols.

The Taliban government had increased protection ahead of Ashura, but should have increased alertness, according to Sayed Kazum Hojat, a Kabul Shiite religious scholar.Although no current census data exists, it is estimated that the Shiite population of 39 million includes Persian-speaking Tajiks and Pashtuns as well as Hazaras, with estimates placing it at between ten and 20 percent.