Official: Bomb explodes in Kabul mosque, at least 4 killed

KABUL: A bomb exploded on Friday inside a mosque in west Kabul killing no less than 4 folks, together with the prayer chief, and wounding eight others, an Afghan authorities official stated. Inside ministry spokesman Tariq Arian stated a bomb had been positioned contained in the mosque however had no further particulars. Police cordoned off the world and helped transfer the wounded to ambulances and close by hospitals. Nobody took quick accountability however a mosque assault earlier this month was claimed by the Islamic State group affiliate. Mofleh Frotan was among the many metropolis’s extra outstanding prayer leaders.

Earlier this month, IS planted explosives at a mosque in Kabul’s posh Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood, killing the prayer chief and wounding eight others. America blamed the IS affiliate for a horrific assault final month on a maternity hospital within the capital that killed 24 folks, together with two infants and a number of other new moms. The hospital was situated within the metropolis’s Shiite dominated space of Dasht-e-Barchi. The IS group, which reviles Shiites as heretics, has declared warfare on the nation’s minority Shiite Muslims, however has additionally attacked Sunni Muslim mosques. The mosque focused Friday is Sunni. The IS affiliate additionally took accountability for an assault on a bus carrying journalists in Kabul on Could 30, killing two. Additionally it claimed credit score for an assault on the funeral of a warlord loyal to the federal government final month that killed 35 folks. Washington’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was within the area earlier this week making an attempt to resuscitate a US peace cope with the Taliban, which is anticipated to finally be enlisted within the combat towards the IS affiliate. The peace deal signed in February to permit US and NATO troops to go away Afghanistan features a dedication by the Taliban to combat terrorism and a vow that Afghanistan wouldn’t be used to assault the USA or its allies. Washington beforehand stated the Taliban have been instrumental – together with Afghanistan’s Nationwide Safety and Protection Forces and US air strikes – in decreasing the IS’s energy in jap Afghanistan.