A blast in the Afghan capital ripped through
a mosque and killed at least 10 people on Friday, an interior ministry official
said.

A wave of deadly bombings has rocked the country in the last two
weeks of the fasting month of Ramadan — some claimed by the Daesh group —
killing dozens of civilians.

 

“Many worshippers were at the Khalifa
Sahib mosque when the blast went off,” a survivor who gave his name as
Ahmad told AFP.

“Many victims were thrown off their feet.”

Bloodied casualties were ferried in ambulances to a hospital in
central Kabul, but Taliban fighters barred journalists from accessing the
facility.

“The blast occurred two hours after Friday prayers as
worshippers were performing rituals,” interior ministry deputy spokesman
Bismillah Habib told AFP, adding at least 15 people were injured.

Friday’s blast came hours after Afghanistan’s supreme leader
Hibatullah Akhundzada praised the country’s security apparatus in a message
ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

While he made no mention of the recent spate of bombings, he said
Afghanistan had been able to build “a strong Islamic and national
army,” as well as “a strong intelligence organisation”.

Several recent bombings have targeted the minority Shiite
community, but Friday’s blast was at a Sunni mosque.

It comes a day after two bombs on separate minibuses killed at
least nine people in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, targeting Shiite
passengers heading home to break their fast.

A bomb at a Shiite mosque in the city a week earlier killed at
least 12 worshippers and wounded scores more.

Daesh has claimed responsibility for several of the recent
attacks.

The regional branch of Daesh in Afghanistan has repeatedly targeted
Shiites and minorities such as Sufis, who follow a mystical branch of Islam.

 

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2022-04-29

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