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Afghanistan: Bombing kills 10 killed, injures 30 at Kabul mosque

(Agencies)  At least 10 people were killed and 30 others injured when a bomb exploded in a mosque in the Afghan capital during Friday prayers, authorities said. The bombing follows a spate of similar attacks around the country during the last 10 days in the holy month of Ramadan. 

Friday’s bombing comes a day after two bombs on separate minibuses killed at least nine people in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, targeting Shia Muslim passengers heading home to break their Ramadan fast.

The bomb went off in a Khanqah Sufi gathering place adjacent to Khalifa Aga Gul Jan [Khalifa Saheb] Mosque in the Alauddin area of ​​Kabul’s Police District 6, 

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The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, on Twitter condemned the blast, saying that the perpetrators will be arrested and punished soon. 

A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Abdul Nafay Takor said at least 10 people were killed and more than 20 others were wounded in the blast.  The casualties are reportedly worshipers.  

Local media reported that hundreds of worshipers had gathered for prayers on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the mosque was packed.

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a statement condemned the attack and said that the blast “directly affected” two staff of the UN and their family members who were inside the mosque.  

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“No words are strong enough to condemn this despicable act, targeting a place of worship, as Muslims across Afghanistan prepare to celebrate Eid,” said UN deputy special envoy Mette Knudsen in the statement. 

No one has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack.

The Daesh/ISIS terror group has recently stepped up attacks across Afghanistan, challenging the Taliban, who took control of the country last August.

[Photo: Wounded people are dispatched to hospitals after a bomb exploded in a mosque in the Afghan capital Admission during Friday prayers on April 29, 2022. Photojournalist :Haroon Sabawoon/AA]

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