Afghanistan: Blast rocks in mosque in diplomatic enclave in Kabul, 2 killed

3rd Jun 2020
Afghanistan: Blast rocks in mosque in diplomatic enclave in Kabul, 2 killed

By Shadi Khan Saif

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA): At least two people were killed when a strong blast rocked presumably the safest diplomatic enclave of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, on Tuesday evening, an official confirmed.

Tareq Aryan, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, initially told Anadolu Agency that a suicide attacker blew his explosives inside a mosque in Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood at around 8 p.m. local time (1530GMT).

Following a thorough investigation, the spokesman clarified that the blast was caused by explosives hidden in the lawn of the public mosque, which were detonated after the evening prayers, killing the mosque’s famous prayer leader, Mawlana Ayaz Niazi and one other man while leaving eight people wounded.

Niazi, a pro-government public figure leading weekly Friday prayers that are broadcast live by the state broadcaster RTA, was initially injured in the blast, but later succumbed to his wounds, the Interior Ministry said.

The attack, with no immediate claim of responsibility, has been widely condemned. President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani in a statement called it as a crime against humanity.

Distancing themselves from the incident, the Taliban insurgents dubbed it as a “massive crime”.

The latest attack in the Afghan capital came after seven civilians were killed in the north of the country in a roadside bomb blast authorities blamed on the Taliban.

Kabul has recorded more than 30 blasts over the past two months, leaving several people dead and more injured.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: Afghan security forces inspect the explosion site in Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 3, 2020.  Photographer: Haroon Sabawoon/AA]

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