Powerful explosion at Kabul Mosque kills at least 10 people

Kabul, Afghanistan — A Taliban spokesman said a powerful explosion struck a mosque in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Friday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 30.

Hundreds of worshipers gathered for prayer on the last Friday of the Muslim month in Ramdan, and the Khalifa Aga Guru Yang Mosque was full, locals say more victims I was afraid that it might be.

Home Office spokesman Mohammad Nafi Tacall, appointed to the Taliban, could not provide further details, and Taliban terrorist group guards blocked the area. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known, and no one claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Initially, at least 20 people were reported injured, but the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, Khalid Zadran, later increased that number to 30. I am investigating the case. “

The blast was so large that the blast shook near the mosque, residents said anonymously, fearing their own safety.

An ambulance rushed to the scene and drove to the end of a narrow street in the eastern part of Kabul, arriving at a mosque owned by the majority of Sunni Muslims in Afghanistan.

Wahid, an Afghan in his thirties, said he was at home knowing that his brother was there when he rushed to the mosque immediately after hearing about the blast. He remembered the scene of mayhem, screaming and screaming for help. He helped bring the injured to an ambulance.

“Everyone was crying and covered in blood,” Wahid said. “I was told that his brother was injured.”

The Associated Press spoke to Wahid outside an Italian-run emergency hospital where he was going to give blood, but Taliban guards blocked the hospital and denied access to everyone except the injured. bottom. He finally found his brother injured in his arms and legs.

The hospital, which treats only those injured in the war, tweeted that staff reported that the facility admitted at least “23 injured” and two who died shortly after the explosion.

Havid, who looked like he was in his late twenties, said when he heard the explosion, he was on his way to the mosque to join his brother and cousin who were already there. He rushed to the scene.

“I ran there very afraid,” he added, adding that he found that both his brother and their cousin were slightly injured and released after treatment. The explosion was very powerful, Havid said the roof of the mosque had collapsed.

Wahid and Javid just gave the AP their own name for fear of their safety.

According to Ramiz Arakbarov, deputy special representative of the United Nations for coordinating humanitarian aid, the United Nations has made the explosion “evil” and “more painful to the people of Afghanistan who continue to be exposed to constant anxiety and violence. I accused him.

“It’s rude for civilians to be indiscriminately targeted on their way to work, gathering for prayer, going to school or the market, or going to work,” he said.

The explosion was the latest in a series of such explosions in a relentless attack across the country. A similar attack on the mosque was recently claimed by a regional affiliate of the ISIS terrorist group known as ISIS-K, targeting the country’s minority Shiite Muslims.

Since taking over Afghanistan in August last year, ISIS has stepped up its attacks across Afghanistan and has become a major enemy of the Taliban terrorist group.

New attacks on mosques, schools and buses by terrorist groups highlight the uncompromising threat it poses, despite the Taliban claiming to have routed ISIS from its headquarters in Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan. doing.

Last week, 33 Shiite worshipers died in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif when a bomb struck their mosque and an adjacent religious school. ISIS claims responsibility for the attack.

There are also other militant groups operating in Afghanistan, and despite Taliban’s promise that Afghan territory will not be used to contain non-Afghan rebels, militants fighting many of Afghanistan’s neighbors I found a safe haven in the country.

Associated Press