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Taliban say at least 7 killed, 41 injured in blast near Kabul mosque

The Taliban say a car bombing near a mosque in Kabul has killed at least seven people and injured 41, including several children.

The Taliban say a car bombing near a mosque in Kabul has killed at least seven people and injured 41, including several children.

A Taliban official said a car bomb exploded on Friday when worshipers were leaving the Kabul mosque, killing at least seven people and injuring 41, including several children.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a steady stream of attacks. Since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan a year earlier,

People leave a mosque after Friday prayers at Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on September 23, 2022, as smoke reportedly comes out of an explosion site near the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan mosque.

People leave a mosque after Friday prayers at Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on September 23, 2022, smoke reportedly comes from the site of an explosion near the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan mosque. photo credit: AFP

Minutes after the explosion near a mosque in a high-profile diplomatic neighborhood of the Afghan capital, a column of black smoke rose into the sky and opened fire.

Taliban-appointed Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Taqor said a vehicle loaded with explosives was parked on the side of the road near the mosque and exploded as the worshipers were coming out after prayers. He said that investigation is going on with the police at the spot.

“Many people were martyred or injured,” said Mohammad Basir, an eyewitness. “I don’t know if the explosives were placed on the side of the road or it was a car bomb, but there was an explosion, and everyone was in bad shape.”

Another eyewitness Allah Noor said the explosion was very loud.

“I came out and had crossed the street when there was an explosion,” he said. “Soon after the explosion, people panicked and started taking the injured victims to the hospital.”

four died on arrival

The Italian Emergency Hospital, one of the clinics in Kabul that treated the victims, said it had received 14 casualties from the scene, including four.

Kabul police chief’s spokesman Khalid Zadran said the worshipers were deliberately targeted as they were leaving the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque.

Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said “targeting mosques and worshipers is an unforgivable crime, the nation must cooperate with the regime in eliminating the perpetrators.”

The Islamic State group – a top rival of the Taliban since its takeover in Afghanistan a year ago – has previously targeted mosques and worshipers, and particularly members of Afghanistan’s minority Shia, in attacks.

The UN mission in Kabul tweeted that the bombing was another “bitter reminder of the ongoing insecurity and terrorist activity in Afghanistan.”

“Our condolences are with the families of those killed, we wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the mission is known as UNAMA.

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