21 dead following Kabul mosque explosion

A police spokeswoman in Kabul reported 21 fatalities and 33 injuries. The explosion at the nearby madrassa and Sediqia Mosque in Kabul has not yet been assigned a cause.

At least 21 people were killed and more than twenty others were injured in a blast that tore through a mosque in the Afghan capital that was crowded with worshipers, authorities said on Thursday.


Since the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan in August of last year, there have been fewer bombings there, but many strikes have rocked the nation in recent months, many of which targeted minority communities and were even claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.


The explosion that occurred at the Sediqia Mosque and adjacent madrassa in Kabul on Wednesday night has not yet been assigned a cause.


The neighborhood resident who gave his name as Masiullah described how he found out about a relative's passing in the explosion: "He was my cousin; may God forgive him."


He was 27 years old, had been married for a year, and went by the name Fardin. He was a decent man.


Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Kabul police, reported 21 fatalities and 33 injuries.


Three fatalities were among the 27 victims admitted to the hospital in Kabul, which is run by the Italian non-governmental organization Emergency.


According to the email, the majority of the victims had "shell and burn injuries."


The hospital later tweeted that it had treated five youngsters, including a seven-year-old, among its patients.


When approached by AFP, local hospitals claimed they were forbidden from disclosing information on the casualties they had attended to.


Downplay incidents


Officials from the Taliban maintain that they are in complete charge of the nation's security, although they routinely dispute or downplay occurrences that are recorded on the country's thriving social media.


Armed Taliban fighters barred journalists from visiting the mosque site on Thursday. They have recently started to prohibit local and foreign media from documenting the aftermath of assaults, sometimes forcefully.


Nearly a week has passed since the deadly suicide bombing that claimed the lives of Rahimullah Haqqani and his brother at their madrassa in Kabul.


As later stated by IS, Haqqani was known for his vehement remarks against the group.


Shiites, Sufis, and Sikhs are just a few of the minority communities that the gang has especially targeted.


Although experts assert that IS still poses a significant security threat to the hardline Islamists, the Taliban claims to have crushed the organization.


Even though IS and the Taliban are both Sunni Islamist organizations, they are fierce enemies and have very different ideologies.


A significant meeting of more than 2,000 religious leaders and elders was being led by senior Taliban commanders on Thursday in Kandahar, the movement's de facto power center when the explosion occurred.


A Taliban spokesman told the media in a statement that "important decisions" would be made at the summit but gave no further information.


On Monday, the Taliban commemorated the first year since they seized control again after a traumatic year that saw women's rights violated and the humanitarian catastrophe getting worse.


At first, they offered a more moderate alternative to the hardline Islamist control that characterized their first term in office from 1996 to 2001, but numerous restrictions have been progressively enforced.


The nation is in economic turmoil; Washington has banned its foreign assets, and aid has been reduced to prevent money from going to the Taliban.


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