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Afghanistan: Bomb at Kabul mosque ‘kills civilians’, Taliban says

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By Euronews with AP, AFP

A Taliban fighter (L) stands guard as Afghan medical staff members wait at the entrance of a hospital to receive the victims of an explosion in Kabul on October 3, 2021.


A Taliban fighter (L) stands guard as Afghan medical staff members wait at the entrance of a hospital to receive the victims of an explosion in Kabul on October 3, 2021.

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HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP

A bomb targeted the entrance of a mosque in the Afghan capital on Sunday leaving a “number of civilians dead,” a Taliban spokesman said.

The bomb targeted the Eidgah Mosque in Kabul where a memorial service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

According to the spokesman, the bomb went off near the entrance to the mosque, the second biggest in the city.

A spokesman for the interior ministry, Qari Sayed Khosti, has since told AFP that at least two civilians were killed and three were injured.

The Taliban announced on Saturday that prayers would take place at the mosque on Sunday afternoon for Mujahid’s mother.

Ahmadullah, a shopkeeper whose store is close to the mosque, told AFP he “heard the sound of an explosion followed by gunfire”. He added that just before the blast, the Taliban had closed the road because of the prayer ceremony.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, attacks by Islamic State group militants against them have increased. The rise has raised the possibility of a wider conflict between the two extremist groups.

In late August at least 72 Afghan civilians and 13 US soldiers were killed, and more than 150 people injured, in a bomb attack at Kabul airport. A branch of IS known as IS-K said it had carried it out.

IS maintains a strong presence in the eastern province of Nangarhar and considers the Taliban an enemy. It has claimed several attacks against them, including several killings in the provincial capital of Jalalabad. Attacks in Kabul have so far been rare.

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