Massive explosion hits Kabul mosque, killing at least 21

KABUL — An explosion that tore apart a Kabul mosque during Wednesday evening prayers has killed 21 people, Kabul police said Thursday.

Police spokesperson Khalid Zadran said another 33 people were injured in the blast. Witnesses told Reuters that windows in a building near a mosque in the North Kabul district were shattered.

Without immediately claiming responsibility for the incident, officials did not publicly identify responsibility.

A Taliban terrorist group said it was restoring security to the war-torn country where violence has generally declined since it took over and overthrew the US-backed government a year ago. Several large-scale attacks, claimed by the ISIS terrorist group, have taken place in the city center in recent months.

The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the blasts in a series of tweets, expressing concern over a series of “disturbing” explosions that have killed or injured more than 250 people in recent weeks. casualties last year.

“As security deteriorates, the United Nations is calling on the de facto Taliban authorities to take concrete steps to prevent all forms of terrorism in Afghanistan,” UNAMA said.

An emergency hospital run by an Italian NGO that specializes in treating war victims said in a statement that it had hospitalized 27 people, including five children injured in the mosque explosion. Two people died in the emergency room and one patient died, said Stefano Sozza, Afghanistan’s director of emergencies.

So far in August, the hospital has treated 80 patients from six different mass casualty incidents, including explosions and mass shootings.

“The country is suffering the consequences of a very long conflict that has damaged its future,” Soza said.