Multiple Afghan Civilians Killed in Explosion Near Kabul Mosque, Taliban Says

© AP Photo / Wali SabawoonДым от взрыва возле аэропорта в Кабуле, Афганистан
Дым от взрыва возле аэропорта в Кабуле, Афганистан - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.10.2021
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The blast hit the Afghan capital as the Taliban* was holding the first mass rally outside the city to celebrate their victory in the nearly 20-year war.
A bomb went off near the entrance to the Eidgah Mosque in Kabul where a memorial ceremony was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, and killed several people, the movement announced on Sunday.
Initially, the Interior Ministry said that at least two people had been killed and three more injured by the blast. However, a source later told Sputnik that the death toll had reached 12 people, while more were wounded in the attack.
© REUTERS / STRINGERTaliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.10.2021
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021
Qari Saeed Khosty, a spokesperson for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said that three people had been detained in connection with the incident.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. A photo allegedly taken at the site of the incident has since appeared online.
The situation in the country remains tense, with the Daesh* terrorist group staging deadly attacks across Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power.
The Taliban movement boosted its offensive earlier this year amid the US troop withdrawal, as Washington decided to end its military campaign after almost 20 years. In August, the militants seized Kabul, prompting mass evacuations from the capital, while the last stronghold of the anti-Taliban resistance in Panjshir Province fell on 6 September.
*The Taliban and Daesh-K (ISIS-K) are terrorist organisations banned in Russia and many other states
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