Several people dead after an explosion during a memorial service in a Kabul Mosque.
Image Credit: Hoshang Hashimi / AFP
Five civilians have been killed after a bomb blast at the entrance of the Eidgah Mosque in Kabul during a memorial service for the mother of the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Gunfire was heard soon after the explosion. The explosion is considered to be the first major attack on the Taliban since US forces left Afghanistan.
An Italian-funded emergency hospital said that it received four people that were wounded in the attack, and so far are in stable condition.
No Taliban fighters were killed in the attack, as all those killed happened to be civilians. Three suspects have been arrested for the bombing, but no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is believed to be the terror group Islamic State- Khorasan (ISIS-K). The terror group has stepped up its attacks on the Taliban since the US forces left the country. The two terror groups have been increasingly fighting risking a wider conflict.
Soon after the explosion Taliban fighters cordoned off the area and cleaned the site very fast. They had a strong security presence in the area. By late afternoon the site was completely cleared and the only evidence that there was an explosion was the slight damage on the ornamental arch near the entrance gate.
More details to follow.