AFGHANISTAN. Kabul: At least 12 people were killed and 15 others were wounded in the afternoon’s explosion at a mosque in Shakar Darra district in the north of Kabul. According to the police, Mufti Numan, the Imam of the mosque, was also killed in the explosion.
The blast targeted the Haji Bakhshi Mosque when Muslims were praying on Friday, local people from the district said.
The Shakar Darra chief told Hasht-Subh Newspaper that the bomb had been placed near the Imam in the first row of prayer. The bomb reportedly went off during the Friday prayer.
A resident of the area who had witnessed the explosion told Afghan TOLO News that every day Afghans are being killed and people who want to gain power were carrying these attacks.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast. In a statement, Taliban denied any involvement in the attack.
The attacks continue despite the three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban for the three days of Eid.
Yesterday, the first day of Eid and ceasefire, nine people including children were killed in three roadside bomb explosions in Kandahar and Kunduz provinces.
The European Union in Afghanistan said, “Today’s attack on a mosque in Shakar Dara district of Kabul during Friday prayer is completely opposing the idea of Eid-al-Fitr as a family holiday celebrated in peace. Our thoughts & prayers are with all affected. What do attacks on mosques’ have to do with religion?”
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Higher Peace Council for National Reconciliation said, “Today the enemies of people and terrorists martyred killed the Imam and tens of others in a bomb blast in the mosque, following their regular crimes. This anti-human attack in the happy days of Muslims shows indicates an obvious enmity against Islam and innocent Muslims.”