‘Several killed’ in bombing at Kabul mosque

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According to the Taliban and aid agencies, “several civilians have been killed” in a bombing at a mosque in Kabul.

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The bomb targeted the huge Eidgan mosque in the Afghan capital, where a memorial service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Mr Mujahid first reported the blast on Twitter, saying “several civilians” were killed in the blast.

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“Preliminary information suggests that two civilians were killed and three were injured in the blast,” said Qari Syed Khosti, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

An Italian-funded hospital in Kabul, the emergency NGO, posted on social media that four people were injured in the explosion.

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“I heard an explosion near the Idgah mosque, followed by firing,” Abdullah told AFP, a shopkeeper who was near the site of the attack.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. However, since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, attacks by ISIS militants against the East have increased.

The escalation has raised the prospect of a wider conflict between the two extremist groups. IS has a strong presence in the eastern province of Nangarhar and considers the Taliban as its enemy.

On Friday, Taliban fighters raided an IS base north of Kabul in Parwan province, after an ISIS roadside bomb wounded four Taliban fighters in the area.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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