Blast near Kabul mosque after Friday prayers kills at least seven people



Kabul: At least seven people were killed and more than 40 injured in an explosion on Friday near a mosque in the Afghan capital.
The blast was the latest in a series of fatalities targeting Friday prayers at mosques in recent months, some of them claimed by the terrorist group Islamic State.
Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said: “When people tried to come out of the mosque after the prayer, there was an explosion.” “All casualties are civilians.”
He later confirmed that the death toll was seven, including children, and that 41 people were injured.
The Italian-NGO-run emergency hospital said 14 people were injured in the blast, four of whom died.
Rafaela Iodis, deputy head of the EU delegation to Afghanistan, said in a tweet: “Shocked by today’s Kabul blast and … (the casualties) have been caused by this explosion.”
The blast occurred in Wazir Akbar Khan, formerly home to the city’s “green zone” – the location of several foreign embassies and NATO – but now controlled by the ruling Taliban.
The mosque has been targeted in the past, including an explosion in June 2020 – before the Taliban returned to power – in which its imam was killed and several people were injured.


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