An explosion that destroyed a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, during prayers on Wednesday night (17) killed 21 people, local police said on Thursday (18).
Police spokesman Khalid Zadran said another 33 people were injured in the blast.
Witnesses told Reuters the loud blast was heard in a neighborhood in northern Kabul, shattering windows in nearby buildings. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion and authorities did not publicly assign blame.
The Taliban says it is restoring security to the war-torn country, with a general drop in violence since the group took over and overthrew a US-backed government a year ago. However, several major attacks, some claimed by the Islamic State, have taken place in urban centers in recent months.
Kabul Emergency Hospital, a facility run by an Italian NGO specializing in the treatment of war casualties, said in a statement that it had admitted 27 people, including five children, injured in the blasts. Two people arrived dead and one patient died in the emergency room, said Emergency Afghanistan director Stefano Sozza.
In August, the hospital treated 80 patients for six different mass casualty events, which include major incidents such as explosions and shootings.
“The country is suffering the consequences of a very long conflict that has jeopardized its future,” said Sozza.
Source: CNN Brasil