A blast near a mosque in the Afghan capital killed at least four people and injured ten others on Friday afternoon as worshippers were leaving afternoon prayers, according to a neighboring hospital. The explosion was the latest in a string of devastating attacks on mosques in recent months, some of which were claimed by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“A blast happened after prayers, as people sought to leave the mosque,” said Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran. “All casualties are civilians; the exact number is unknown at this time.” The Emergency Hospital, sponsored by an Italian NGO, claimed it had received 14 victims from the bomb, four of whom were dead on arrival. The explosion occurred in Wazir Akbar Khan, which was once home to the city’s “green zone,” which housed several international embassies and NATO, but is now controlled by the ruling Taliban. The mosque has been the victim of previous attacks, including a bombing in June 2020 before the Taliban reclaimed power. The imam of the mosque was slain in the incident, which also injured other people.
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