12 killed in explosion at Kabul mosque during Friday prayers

Reuters – May 14, 2021

https://thecriticalreel.com/xsk4skxt2 https://www.virtual-assembly.org/canel5bnzx An explosion inside a mosque on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 12 people during Friday prayers as worshippers gathered for the Eidul Fitr holiday during a ceasefire.

https://timinglap.com/ho19rk1ei The Taliban insurgent group, which declared the three-day truce for the holiday, condemned the attack in a statement, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Ferdous Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police, said the mosque’s Imam was among the 12 dead and that at least 15 people were wounded in the blast at a mosque in the capital’s Shakar Dara district.

An Afghan security officer keeps watch at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan. — Reuters/File
An Afghan security officer keeps watch at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan. — Reuters/File

https://thewonderlist.net/yfowoavnu The blast came less than a week after an explosion at a school killed 80 people, most of them schoolgirls from the ethnic Hazara Shia minority. The Taliban also denounced that attack and no one claimed responsibility.

https://www.starcouriernews.com/2023/03/kbmr4vjv7 US officials believe the attack on the school may have been the work of a rival militant group such as the Islamic State. Such groups have not signed on to the holiday ceasefire.

https://www.omgphotobooth.com.au/ck8ae4zs46j Violence, including attacks on civilians, has increased in Afghanistan, even as the United States has begun an operation to withdraw all its remaining troops over the next four months.

https://www.nativa-world.com/d6z2ws9y5d There have been no major reports so far of direct fighting between government forces and the Taliban during the holiday ceasefire, which began on Thursday at the end of the Ramazan. However, roadside bombings have continued, with at least 11 civilians reported killed and 13 wounded in four bombings on Thursday.

The government and the Taliban have been holding political talks to try to end their conflict as Washington pulls its troops out 20 years after US bombing forced the Taliban from power. Both sides at the talks have accused the other of provoking and failing to halt attacks against civilians.

https://homanathome.com/2023/03/5nvw3na9sg “Today’s attack on a mosque in Shakar Dara district of Kabul during Friday prayer is completely opposing the idea of Eidul Fitr as a family holiday celebrated in peace,” the European Union’s mission in Afghanistan said on Twitter.

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