Since taking over last August when U.S. and NATO soldiers left Afghanistan, the local offshoot of the Islamic State group has increased attacks against the Taliban and civilians.
In Islamabad. At least 10 people were murdered in an explosion at a mosque in the Afghan city of Kabul on Wednesday during evening prayers, including a well-known preacher, according to an eyewitness and the police.
The latest attack to hit the nation in the year since the Taliban seized power, there was no official claim of responsibility.
Since the Taliban took over last August as U.S. and NATO troops were completing their pullout from the nation, the local affiliate of the Islamic State group has increased assaults against the Taliban and civilians. The murder of a prominent Taliban cleric at his Kabul religious institution was attributed to the IS last week.
The explosion at the Siddiquiya Mosque, according to the eyewitness who lives in the city's Kher Khanna district, was caused by a suicide bomber. The eyewitness identified the deceased cleric as Mullah Amir Mohammad Kabuli while speaking under the condition of anonymity since he was not permitted to speak to the media.
More than 30 additional people were injured, he continued. At least 27 injured civilians, including five children, were transported to the Italian Emergency hospital in Kabul, according to reports.
The explosion inside a mosque in northern Kabul was verified by Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police commander, although he refused to give a death toll or a breakdown of the injured.
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