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Twelve killed in explosion at Kabul mosque throughout Friday prayers

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The blast got here lower than per week after an explosion at a college killed 80 folks, most of them faculty ladies from the ethnic Hazara Shiite Muslim minority

An explosion inside a mosque on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul killed not less than 12 folks throughout Friday prayers as worshippers gathered for the Eid al-Fitr vacation throughout a ceasefire.

The Taliban rebel group, which declared the three-day truce for the vacation, condemned the assault in an announcement, and there was no speedy declare of accountability.

Ferdous Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police, mentioned the mosque’s Imam was among the many 12 useless and that not less than 15 folks have been wounded within the blast at a mosque within the capital’s Shakar Dara district.

The blast got here lower than per week after an explosion at a college killed 80 folks, most of them schoolgirls from the ethnic Hazara Shi’ite Muslim minority. The Taliban additionally denounced that assault and nobody claimed accountability.

U.S. officers consider the assault on the college might have been the work of a rival militant group reminiscent of Islamic State.Such teams haven’t signed on to the vacation ceasefire.

Violence, together with assaults on civilians, has elevated in Afghanistan, even because the United States has begun an operation to withdraw all its remaining troops over the subsequent 4 months.

There have been no main studies to date of direct preventing between authorities forces and the Taliban throughout the vacation ceasefire, which started on Thursday on the finish of the Ramadan fasting month. However, roadside bombings have continued, with not less than 11 civilians reported killed and 13 wounded in 4 bombings on Thursday.

The authorities and the Taliban have been holding political talks to attempt to finish their battle as Washington pulls its troops out 20 years after U.S. bombing pressured the Taliban from energy. Both sides on the talks have accused the opposite of upsetting and failing to halt assaults in opposition to civilians.

“Today’s attack on a mosque in Shakar Dara district of Kabul during Friday prayer is completely opposing the idea of Eid al-Fitr as a family holiday celebrated in peace,” the European Union’s mission in Afghanistan mentioned on Twitter.

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