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The death toll from the bombing of a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, has been raised to 21, the Taliban said on Thursday.
No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing of the country’s capital, which took place during evening prayers. According to initial reports, 10 people were killed and around 21 injured. The Taliban now say at least 21 people have been killed and 33 others injured.
According to The Associated Press, the bombing also killed a prominent cleric, Mullah Amir Mohammad Kabuli.
The Taliban police promised that “the perpetrators of such crimes will soon be brought to justice and punished.”
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Although no one has claimed responsibility, ISIS has stepped up similar attacks against the Taliban over the past year.
The bombing comes days after the one-year anniversary of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan in 2021. President Joe Biden ordered the US military to withdraw from the country after 20 years of deployment there.
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While a majority of Americans supported the pullout, Biden was heavily criticized for his handling of the move. More than a dozen US soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on Kabul airport as they secured it for evacuations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.