Afghanistan: A powerful explosion in a mosque in Kabul

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A powerful explosion rocked a mosque in the Afghan capital late Wednesday during evening prayers, according to witnesses and police.

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Kabul police said the blast left behind several casualties, but did not specify the number. A Taliban intelligence official told Reuters the dead and wounded could reach 35, adding that the number could rise further.

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Al Jazeera, citing an official, said the death toll was 20, while the Kabul Emergency Hospital said on Twitter that 27 people injured in the explosion, including a seven-year-old child, had been taken there.

Witnesses told Reuters that the explosion occurred in one of the neighborhoods in the north of Kabul and was so powerful that it shattered windows in several nearby buildings. Several ambulances rushed to the scene.

“There was an explosion in a mosque … the explosion had casualties, but the numbers are not yet clear,” Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran told Reuters.

A Taliban intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the blast occurred at a mosque in Kabul’s Khair Khana district.

The mosque’s imam was among the dead and the toll could still rise, he added.

Source: Capital

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