12 killed, 15 wounded in mosque bombing near Kabul amid Friday prayers & truce with Taliban
The blast occurred at the Haji Bakhshi Mosque in the Shakar Dara district, north of Kabul, Afghan media reported, citing police. A source told TV channel TOLOnews that the bomb had been placed inside the building. Mufti Numan, the mosque's imam, was among those killed in the explosion.
Photos published by TOLOnews show debris scattered on the mosque's floor.
تصویرهای پس از یک انفجار در مسجدی در ولسوالی شکردره کابل که به گفتۀ پولیس در آن چهار تن جان باختند. pic.twitter.com/0tfEQACiOq— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) May 14, 2021
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The blast took place as the government forces and the Taliban militant group were observing a three-day truce, which came into effect on Thursday, during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The attack also occurred after nine people were killed in two explosions in the Kunduz and Kandahar provinces.
در تصویر: خسارات به جامانده از انفجار پس از چاشت امروز در مسجدی در ولسوالی شکردره ولایت کابل. پولیس می گوید که در این انفجار پنج تن جان باختند اما منابع شمار جان باخته گان این رویداد را بیشتر از این می گویند. pic.twitter.com/2gDgkNlCEq— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) May 14, 2021
A particularly deadly terrorist attack happened on Saturday, when a car bomb detonated outside a girls’ school in Kabul, followed by two more explosions. Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said on Tuesday that at least 86 students were killed. The Taliban denied any involvement and condemned the blasts.
The US is on track to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by September 11, after spending two decades there fighting the Taliban and other militant groups. This week, the Pentagon reportedly turned over the Kandahar Airfield, a major American military training hub in southern Afghanistan, to Afghan security forces.Also on rt.com Afghan government launches operation to retake district outside Kabul from Taliban hours before Eid ceasefire set to kick in
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