Nearly 30 Killed, Over 35 Wounded in Kabul Mosque Bombing

At least 30 people were killed and over 35 others received injuries after a massive explosive ripped through a mosque in Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday evening.

The blast took place while people were performing evening prayers in a mosque in Police District 17th in a northern Kabul neighborhood.

“Sheikh Amir Mohammad Kabuli was a known religious scholar in the Kabul region, he was killed in the blast inside the mosque in Khair Khana area. According to multiple residents, at least 30 worshippers were killed and dozens were wounded,” an Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary wrote on twitter.

A spokesman for the Kabul police chief, Khalid Zadran said that Taliban security officials are investigating the attack. Taliban confirmed casualties but did not provide exact figures.

Kabul’s Emergency Hospital said that so far 27 injured patients are being treated at the facility, including five children among them a seven-year-old child.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the attack, and pledged that the murderers of civilians and the perpetrators of similar crimes will soon be caught and punished for their actions.”

The blast occurred in a week when the Taliban celebrated their first takeover anniversary and named it “victory of truth over falsehood.”

This also comes week after a top Taliban cleric Rahimullah Haqqani, who was against Islamic State terrorist group, was killed in similar blast inside a mosque in Kabul.

Haqqani was killed last Thursday in a suicide bombing claimed by the IS group.

Since Taliban return to power in August 15, IS claimed several deadly attacks across Afghanistan which killed and wounded hundreds of people.

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