A blast killed a number of civilians at a mosque in Kabul the place folks had been holding prayers for the mom of the Taliban’s spokesperson, officers within the motion stated on Sunday, and gunfire was later reported on the outskirts of town.
There was no speedy declare of accountability for Sunday’s assault, apparently essentially the most critical within the Afghan capital because the withdrawal of US forces in August.
A number of different civilians had been damage within the explosion on a principal highway close to the doorway of the Eidgah mosque, officers stated.
Taliban commanders had been seen giving blood at a hospital treating the wounded. Media entry was tightly managed.
The assault underlined the mounting challenges going through the Taliban as they grapple to adapt to authorities and forestall an entire collapse of Afghanistan’s war-battered financial system, with hundreds of thousands threatened by famine as winter approaches.
The native affiliate of Islamic State, which has fought the Taliban for years, has already claimed to have carried out assaults on Taliban fighters, though officers from the brand new authorities have dismissed the menace from the group.
Hours after Sunday’s blast, native media reported heavy exchanges of gunfire in Karezimir, an space instantly to the north of town. Residents contacted confirmed that they had heard explosions and gunfire. Reuters was not instantly in a position to decide who was concerned.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the explosion had taken place. He didn’t touch upon stories from different officers within the motion that the mosque had been holding prayers for his mom who had died not too long ago.
The Taliban, who’re additionally combating the remnants of forces loyal to Ahmad Massoud, an opposition chief from the Panjshir area north of Kabul, have stated they’ve virtually full management of the nation.
However Sunday’s violence, and a string of smaller incidents in current days in areas together with Nangarhar on the border with Pakistan and Parwan north of Kabul, have proven that safety threats haven’t disappeared.
A Taliban soldier who stated he noticed the explosion on Sunday stated two folks had been killed and eight wounded. He stated there appeared to have been two bombers and added that considered one of these was killed and the opposite caught making an attempt to flee.
Native media quoted the ministry of the inside as saying eight folks had been killed and 20 wounded however one Taliban official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, stated the ultimate whole could be larger.
Suicide assaults, many claimed by the Taliban, killed 1000’s of civilians in Kabul throughout the 20-year insurgency in opposition to the Western-backed authorities. Afghans had hoped that the motion’s victory would convey them to an finish.
Nonetheless militant teams resembling Islamic State have continued to function, posing a probably critical menace to stability. The group not too long ago claimed accountability for bomb assaults within the jap metropolis of Jalalabad.
“The blast occurred on the principle highway simply exterior the Eidgah mosque the place the prayer ceremony for the mom of Zabihullah Mujahid was underway,” stated one official, who requested to not be named.
In August, the Taliban Islamist militia swept again into energy in Afghanistan after most U.S. and different Western troops left, ending a navy and diplomatic mission that started quickly after the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults on america.