A member of Taliban security forces inspects an alleged hideout of the Islamic State group in Sarai-e-Shamali locality of Khair Khana district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2021. An unnamed Taliban intelligence official told Reuters the explosion occurred in the same area.

Dozens were injured in an explosion at a mosque in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, police said.
An NGO said at least three people were dead, a number police also confirmed to CNN.
The attack comes about one year since the US’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal.

Authorities said a major explosion occurred at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday during evening prayers, according to multiple media reports.

At least three people were killed and dozens were injured, CNN reported, citing police. Emergency, an Italian NGO that operates in Kabul, tweeted that at least 27 people were wounded, including five children, and also said there were at least three fatalities.

It’s unclear who was behind the explosion, which comes roughly one year after the US military pulled its forces out of Afghanistan.

An unnamed Taliban intelligence official told Reuters the explosion occurred in the Khair Khana area of Kabul. The official also said the Imam of the mosque was among those killed.

Stefano Sozza, Emergency’s Country Director in Afghanistan, told CNN the explosion was just the latest act of violence in Afghanistan’s capital: “In the month of August alone, we managed six mass casualties in our hospital, with a total of almost 80 patients. Throughout the year, we have continued to receive gunshot injuries, shrapnel injuries, stabbing injuries, and victims of mine and IED explosions on a daily basis.”

“The country is suffering the consequences of a very long conflict that has undermined its future,” he said.

The explosion also comes one week after an Afghan cleric, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in a suicide bombing that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for, BBC reported.

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