Explosion at mosque in Kabul kills three, NGO says

Violence has once again bereaved the capital of Afghanistan. At least three people were killed and around 20 others were injured in an explosion that hit a mosque in Kabul on Wednesday, according to hospital and police sources.

The explosion occurred “in a mosque (…) during evening prayers”, in the northwest of the city, said Khalid Zadran, spokesman for the Kabul police, referring to “wounded ” but without being able to give a quantified assessment.

Injuries “caused by shrapnel from a bomb”

The Italian NGO Emergency, which runs a hospital in the capital, said it received 27 victims of the explosion, three of whom died. “Most of the patients we received following the explosion inside a mosque suffered from injuries caused by shrapnel and burns,” the NGO said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also did not give a toll, but in a tweet he condemned the explosion and asked to “pray for the martyrs”, promising that the “murderers” would be ” soon to be punished”. This attack comes nearly a week after the death of a Taliban cleric and his brother, killed in a suicide attack in a Koranic school in Kabul, and claimed by the Islamic State organization (IS).

The number of attacks has decreased in Afghanistan since the Taliban took power a year ago, but they have not stopped. Several deadly attacks took place in August, and a series of bomb attacks hit the country especially at the end of April, during the holy month of Ramadan, and also at the end of May, in which dozens of people were killed.

The Taliban say they have defeated ISIS

Most of these attacks were claimed by IS, which mainly targets Afghan Shia, Sufi and Sikh religious minorities, but also the Taliban. The latter claim to have defeated ISIS in the country, and claim to have arrested dozens of jihadists, but analysts believe that the extremist group still constitutes the main security challenge for the new Afghan power.

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