A bomb ripped via a mosque in northern Kabul throughout Friday prayers and killed 12 worshippers, Afghan police stated.
Spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz stated the mosque’s imam, Mofti Naiman, was among the many lifeless. Another 15 folks had been wounded.
The bomb exploded as prayers had begun. No one claimed accountability for the bombing, however preliminary police investigations recommend the Imam might have been the goal, Faramarz stated.
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A worshipper on the mosque, Muhibullah Sahebzada, stated he had simply stepped into the mosque when the explosion went off. Stunned, he heard the sound of screams, together with youngsters, as smoke stuffed the mosque. Sahebzada stated he noticed a number of our bodies on the mosque flooring and a minimum of one youngster was among the many wounded.
It appeared the explosive system had been hidden inside then pulpit on the entrance of the mosque.
“I used to be afraid of a second explosion so I got here instantly to my dwelling” he stated.
An picture circulating on social media confirmed three our bodies mendacity on the ground of the mosque, which confirmed minor injury.
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The explosion comes on the second day of a three-day ceasefire introduced by the warring Taliban and Afghan authorities. The pause was for the Islamic pageant Eid-al-Fitr, which follows the fasting month of Ramadan.
Until now most of the assaults within the capital have been claimed by the native Islamic State affiliate, however each the Taliban and authorities blame one another.
The most up-to-date assault final week killed over 90 folks, a lot of them pupils leaving a women’ college when a strong automobile bomb exploded. The Taliban denied involvement and condemned the assault.
The relentless violence comes because the U.S. and allied NATO forces proceed with their last withdrawal from Afghanistan after practically 20 years of warfare.
Just this week the final of the U.S. troops left southern Kandahar Air Base, whereas some NATO troops nonetheless remained. At the warfare’s peak greater than 30,000 U.S. troops had been stationed in Kandahar, the Taliban heartland. Kandahar was the second largest U.S. base in Afghanistan after Bagram north of the Afghan capital.
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