Afghan police say Kabul mosque bombing kills 12 worshippers – Times of India

A girl with a lady walks previous the positioning of a automotive bomb blast that focused schoolgirls in Kabul, Afghanistan May 10 (Reuters)

KABUL: A bomb ripped by way of a mosque in northern Kabul throughout Friday prayers and killed 12 worshippers, Afghan police mentioned.
Spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz mentioned the mosque’s imam, Mofti Naiman, was among the many useless. Another 15 folks have been wounded.
The bomb exploded as prayers had begun. No one claimed accountability for the bombing, however preliminary police investigations counsel the Imam might have been the goal, Faramarz mentioned.
A worshipper on the mosque, Muhibullah Sahebzada, mentioned he had simply stepped into the mosque when the explosion went off. Stunned, he heard the sound of screams, together with kids, as smoke crammed the mosque. Sahebzada mentioned he noticed a number of our bodies on the mosque flooring and at the very least one little one was among the many wounded.
It appeared the explosive system had been hidden inside then pulpit on the entrance of the mosque.
“I was afraid of a second explosion so I came immediately to my home” he mentioned.
An picture circulating on social media confirmed three our bodies mendacity on the ground of the mosque, which confirmed minor injury.
The explosion comes on the second day of a 3-day ceasefire introduced by the warring Taliban and Afghan authorities. The pause was for the Islamic pageant Eid-al-Fitr, which follows the fasting month of Ramadan.
Until now many of the assaults within the capital have been claimed by the native Islamic State affiliate, however each the Taliban and authorities blame one another.
The most up-to-date assault final week killed over 90 folks, many of them pupils leaving a ladies’ college when a robust automotive bomb exploded. The Taliban denied involvement and condemned the assault.
The relentless violence comes because the US and allied NATO forces proceed with their remaining withdrawal from Afghanistan after almost 20 years of conflict.
Just this week the final of the US troops left southern Kandahar Air Base, whereas some NATO troops nonetheless remained. At the conflict’s peak greater than 30,000 U.S. troops have been stationed in Kandahar, the Taliban heartland. Kandahar was the second largest US base in Afghanistan after Bagram north of the Afghan capital.