At least three people were killed and more than 20 others wounded Wednesday when an improvised bomb exploded at an Islamic mosque in Kabul, the Afghan capital, police and hospital sources said.
The explosion occurred “inside a mosque (…) during evening prayers” in the northwestern part of the city, Khalid Zadran told AFP, citing “injuries” but not being able to give a specific count. victims.
The Italian NGO Emergency, which runs a hospital in the Afghan capital, said 27 wounded people, including a seven-year-old child, had been treated there. Later, he reported that three wounded succumbed.
“Most of the victims we brought in after the explosion inside the mosque have shrapnel wounds and burns,” the non-governmental organization said in an email to AFP.
The representative of the Taliban regime, Zabiullah Mujahid, without giving a specific account of casualties, condemned the bombing via Twitter and called on citizens to “pray for the martyrs”, while declaring that the “murderers” will be “punished very soon” “.
Earlier, an intelligence official told Reuters news agency of up to 35 dead and wounded, adding that the toll could be higher. While the television network Al Jazeera reported, citing an official whom it did not name, that the dead are twenty.
Yesterday’s attack comes nearly a week after a Taliban cleric and his brother were killed in a suicide attack on an Islamic seminary in Kabul. The jihadist organization Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.
The number of attacks in the country has decreased since the Taliban took power a year ago, but they have not stopped. Several bloody actions took place in August, while a series of mainly bomb attacks hit Afghanistan in April, the holy month of Ramadan, and also in late May, killing dozens.
IS claimed responsibility for most of these actions, which targets members of Shia minorities (Sufis, Sikhs…), as well as the Taliban.
The latter assure that they have crushed the jihadist organization in the country and that they have arrested dozens of its members. But analysts insist that IS still poses the most significant security challenge to Afghanistan’s new regime.