At least 20 people, including a famous cleric, were murdered and at least 27 were injured in an explosion at a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday evening, according to eyewitnesses and authorities.
The latest attack to hit the country in the year after the Taliban took power was not immediately claimed.
Reports indicated that several youngsters were among the injured.
As U.S. and NATO soldiers were leaving the country last August, the local offshoot of the Islamic State group increased its attacks against the Taliban and civilians.
Who is Responsible For The Blast?
The Islamic State (IS) has taken credit for last week’s murder of a senior Taliban cleric in Kabul.
An eyewitness who lives in the Kher Khanna district of the city, where the Siddiquiya Mosque was attacked, claims that a suicide bomber was responsible for the blast.
Since he was not authorized to speak to the media, the eyewitness spoke on the condition of anonymity when he identified the slain cleric as Mullah Amir Mohammad Kabuli.
He further said that around thirty others were injured. At least 27 injured people, including five children, were rushed to the Italian Emergency hospital in Kabul from the bombing site, according to hospital officials.
The potential for additional casualties prompted concern.
The Taliban-designated spokesperson for the Kabul police commander, Khalid Zadran, confirmed an explosion inside a mosque in northern Kabul, but he refused to provide a death toll or a breakdown of the dead and wounded.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, has also spoken out against the blast, saying that those responsible “will soon be brought to justice and will be punished.”
After the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, the United States launched an invasion of Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban government, which had been sheltering al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Due to the international community’s refusal to recognize the Taliban government, the country has been hit with a debilitating economic crisis since the militants regained power.
Separately, on Wednesday, the Taliban reported that they had detained and murdered Mehdi Mujahid in western Herat province as he attempted to cross the border into Iran.
Mujahid was the lone Shiite Hazara in the ranks of the Taliban and was a former Taliban leader in the district of Balkhab in northern Sar-e-Pul province.
Over the previous year, Mujahid had turned against the Taliban because he disagreed with the policies instituted by Taliban commanders in Kabul. If you read more posts or news so you can visit TheActiveNews.Com.