Taliban claims ‘civilians’ were killed in an explosion at a mosque in Kabul.
A BOMB burst outside the entrance to a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, on Sunday, killing a “number of civilians,” according to a Taliban spokesman.
The device was detonated at an entrance of Kabul’s Eidgah Mosque. A memorial service for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was held at the mosque. “A bomb blast rocked a gathering of people near the entrance of the Eidgah Mosque in Kabul this afternoon,” said Taliban spokesperson Mr Mujahid. A lot of individuals have died as a result of this.” Extremist groups have risen in the country, posing a direct challenge to the Taliban’s dominance.
The bombing raises the risk of a larger battle in Afghanistan between extremist organizations.
Since 2015, Afghanistan’s factions have been fighting for control.
The Taliban and ISIS have been bitter opponents since Isis established the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISKP) in Afghanistan in 2015.
ISIS entered Afghanistan at a time when the group was looking to expand its geographical reach beyond Iraq and Syria.
The Taliban started an attack to drive ISIS out of Afghanistan’s Jowzjan region.
In its fight against the Taliban, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan has allied with ISIS.
An Italian-funded emergency NGO in Kabul has now tweeted that four persons were injured in the blast.
“Kabul explosion in PD1,” an emergency NGO tweeted today.
“It happened outside the Eid Gah Mosque,” says the narrator.
“Our hospital in Afghanistan has received four wounded persons.”
“There was the sound of an explosion,” a shopkeeper named Ahmadullah, who was near the mosque at the time of the attack, told AFP.
“It happened near the Eid Gah Mosque, and gunfire followed.”
“The Taliban had closed the road just before the blast to host a prayer service for Zabihullah Mujahid’s mother in the Eid Gah Mosque.”
“A lot of people were killed and wounded in a blast in Kabul on Sunday that targeted a mourning service for the mother of a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, in front of the famed Eidgah mosque,” tweeted journalist Habib Khan.