On Thursday, two consecutive explosions took place in Kabul within minutes. In this blast, 9 people died on the spot. While the injured were admitted to the hospital. The source of the explosion was not immediately known and no one has claimed responsibility for the blast. At least 10 people were killed and 30 wounded after an explosion at a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul after Friday prayers- but eyewitnesses said they feared many more had died.
A Taliban spokesman said: “At least 10 worshipers have been killed in a powerful explosion at a Sunni mosque in Kabul. 30 people are injured in this blast. The condition of some of them is said to be critical. Hundreds of worshippers had gathered for prayers on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Khalifa Aga Gul Jan Mosque was packed. The blast occurred in the Serahi Alauddin area of the city.
The Taliban-appointed interior ministry spokesman, Mohammad Nafi Takor, could not provide more details and Taliban security men cordoned off the area. The source of the explosion was not immediately known and no one has claimed responsibility for the blast. The explosion was so loud that the neighborhood of the mosque shook from the blast, the residents said, speaking on condition of anonymity, fearing for their own safety.
In a statement posted to Twitter Friday, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said he condemned the attack, which took place days before the end of Ramadan. “We strongly condemn today’s blast at a mosque in Kabul’s 6th District. Such brutal killings during this fast are the work of circles that have nothing to do with Islam or the country,” Mujahid tweeted on Friday.
Ambulances raced to the site, driving up to the end of a narrow street in an eastern neighborhood of Kabul to reach the mosque, which belongs to Afghanistan’s majority Sunni Muslims. The explosion was the latest in a series of such blasts amid relentless attacks across the country. Similar attacks on mosques have recently targeted the country’s minority Shiite Muslims and were claimed by the Islamic State group’s regional affiliate, known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province or IS-K. IS has stepped up its attacks across Afghanistan to become the primary enemy of the Taliban since their takeover of the country last August.