Afghanistan: At least 21 dead and 33 injured in a bomb attack on a mosque in Kabul

Afghanistan: At least 21 dead and 33 injured in a bomb attack on a mosque in Kabul

The number of civilians killed in a month is at its highest level in a year. Most of the attacks that have hit the country are claimed by the Islamic State.

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Posted on 08/18/2022 19:58 Updated on 08/18/2022 20:13

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Another deadly explosion in the heart of Afghanistan. At least 21 people were killed and 33 wounded in a bomb attack on a mosque in Kabul on Wednesday, August 17, according to a police report on Thursday.

The blast, which the Kabul police spokesman said happened “during evening prayers,” was “caused by explosives placed in the Sunni mosque” Sediqia, northwest of the capital. Italian NGO Emergency, which operates at a hospital in Kabul, said it took in a total of 35 people, including nine children, after the blast. Three of the injured died.

On Twitter (in English) the UN Mission in Afghanistan (Minua) “deplored” the attack, “the latest in a worrying series of bombings that have killed and injured more than 250 people in recent weeks, setting the highest monthly toll of civilian casualties.” year.” Since the Taliban took power a year ago, the number of attacks in Afghanistan has declined, but they haven’t stopped, most of them being claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada condemned the attacks in a very rare appearance on Thursday. The official also said that a year after the Taliban returned to power, the Taliban “are ready to fight the United States again” for the right to apply their strict interpretation of Sharia.