Kabul: At least 21 people were killed and more than twenty others were injured in a blast that tore through a mosque full of worshipers in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, authorities said on Thursday.
Although there have been fewer bombings in Afghanistan since the Taliban took back control, several strikes, many of which targeted minority communities, have rocked the nation in recent months, including several that were claimed by the Islamic State group.The explosion on Wednesday night has not yet been assigned a cause.
According to Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran on Thursday, explosives hidden within the mosque were to blame for the explosion. He reported 21 fatalities and 33 injuries.Three fatalities were among the 27 casualties of the blast, according to the Italian non-governmental organisation Emergency, which runs a hospital in Kabul. According to the email, the majority of the victims were “suffering from burn and shell injuries.”Later, the hospital tweeted that one of their patients was seven years old and that it had served five children.
As later stated by IS, Haqqani was known for his vehement remarks against the group.Shias, Sufis, and Sikhs are just a few of the minority communities that the gang has predominantly targeted.Although experts assert that IS still poses a significant security threat to the hardline group, the Taliban claim to have defeated the organisation. Although IS and the Taliban are both Sunni organisations, they are fierce enemies and have quite different ideologies.
A significant meeting of more than 2,000 religious leaders and elders was being led by senior Taliban commanders on Thursday in Kandahar, the movement’s de facto power centre, when the explosion occurred.Major decisions are made at the meeting, a Taliban spokesman said in a statement to the media.