Four killed in bombing at Afghan Interior Ministry mosque | Taliban News

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said 25 people were injured in a suicide bombing at a mosque used by tourists and ministry staff.

A ministry spokesman said a suicide bombing hit a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing four people and injuring 25.

Wednesday afternoon’s explosion came as workers and tourists were praying inside a mosque of the Afghan Interior Ministry, the agency responsible for security and law enforcement in the country. The department is located on the main road of Kabul next to the Kabul International Airport, and is in its own fortified complex.

A Taliban-appointed spokesman for the ministry, Abdul Nafi Takor, said in a tweet: “Unfortunately this afternoon, around 1:30 p.m. [09:00 GMT], there was an explosion at a side mosque at the Ministry of the Interior, as a result of which 4 worshipers were martyred and 25 others were injured. The incident is under investigation, we will share details with the media when it is done.”

Earlier, he said that the explosion happened while ministry staff and visitors were praying.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but ISIL Group (ISIS) branch in Afghanistan, the main rival of the Taliban, has waged a campaign of violence against the Taliban and the Shia minority that has increased since the time of the Taliban. Power in August 2021.

The Italian emergency relief group, which runs a hospital in Kabul, said on Twitter that it had received 20 patients from the blast, two of whom died on arrival.

Dejan Panic, Afghanistan’s emergency director, said: “The number of injured people has increased and they reported seeing a man detonating the device.

“It was a suicide attack,” he added in a statement, citing patients.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Emergency hospital was heavily guarded by Taliban forces, who were also heavily deployed around the scene of the attack.

The latest explosion comes after a suicide bombing On Friday, 53 people were killed at an education center in Kabul, including 46 girls and women, according to United Nations figures.

Witnesses said the attacker blew himself up in the women’s section of a sexist class in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood – an enclave of the historically suppressed Shia Hazara community. .

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for that attack.

However, ISIL, which considers Shia Muslims to be heretics, has carried out several deadly attacks in the same area targeting girls, schools and mosques.

The ruling Taliban say they have ensured the country’s security since coming to power in 2021 after a two-decade-long armed insurgency. But even though the extensive fighting had ended, a series of explosions has hit urban centers in recent months.


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