Bomb explodes as worshipers leave Kabul mosque, kills at least 7 | News

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At least seven people were killed and 40 injured after an explosion near a Kabul mosque – the latest in a series of deadly bombings during Friday prayers across Afghanistan.

Several people were killed and dozens injured when a car bomb exploded at a mosque in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, as worshipers streamed out of afternoon prayers.

A plume of black smoke rose into the sky on Friday and gunfire rang out several minutes after the explosion in Wazir Akbar Khan, an area formerly home to the city’s “green zone”, the site of many foreign embassies and NATO, but now controlled by the ruling Taliban.

The Associated Press news agency quoted a Taliban official as saying that at least seven people were killed and 41 wounded. According to reports in Afghan media, the death toll is nine.

“After prayers, when people wanted to come out of the mosque, there was an explosion,” said Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran. “All victims are civilians.”

There was no immediate responsibility.

The Italian NGO emergency hospital said it received 14 people from the blast, four of whom were dead on arrival.

The UN mission in Kabul said on Twitter that the bombing was another “bitter reminder of ongoing insecurity and terrorist activity in Afghanistan.”

“Our thoughts go out to the families of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded,” added the mission, known as UNAMA.

Raffaella Iodice, the deputy head of the EU delegation to Afghanistan, said in a tweet that she was “shocked by today’s Kabul explosion and learned about … (victims) this detonation has caused.”

Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor said the explosion happened on the main road near the mosque and an investigation is underway.

Friday’s blast was the latest in a string of deadly bombings targeting mosques during Friday prayers in recent months.

In 2020, the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque was hit by a bomb that killed two people, including the mosque’s prayer leader.

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