Mosque bombing in Afghanistan's Kabul kills 12 worshippers

  14 May 2021    Read: 2174
Mosque bombing in Afghanistan

At least 12 people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in a bomb attack targeting a mosque in Afghan capital Kabul during Friday prayers on the second day of Ramadan Bayram, also known as Eid al-Fitr. 

Spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the imam of the mosque was among the dead, adding that another 15 people were wounded.

The bomb exploded as prayers had begun. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but initial police investigations suggest the Imam may have been the target, Faramarz said.

Faramarz said explosives had been placed inside the mosque beforehand. An image circulating on social media showed three bodies lying on the floor of the mosque, which showed minor damage.

The explosion comes on the second day of a three-day ceasefire announced by the warring Taliban and Afghan government. The pause was for the Islamic festival Eid-al-Fitr, which follows the fasting month of Ramadan.

Until now many of the attacks in the capital have been claimed by the local affiliate of Daesh terrorist group, but both the Taliban and government blame each other.

The most recent attack last week killed over 90 people, many of them pupils leaving a girls’ school when a powerful car bomb exploded. The Taliban denied involvement and condemned the attack.

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