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Thursday, 18 August 2022 06:13

Several killed in explosion at mosque in Kabul

At least three people have been killed and dozens of others wounded after a bombing at a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul during evening prayers, according to police and a hospital.

Italian non-governmental organization (NGO) Emergency, which operates a hospital in the capital, said it was treating 27 patients who had been wounded in the blast, three of whom had died. Five of the wounded were children.
“We have recorded three fatalities,” Emergency told the AFP news agency via email.

A security official told Al Jazeera that 20 people were killed in the blast and 40 others wounded. The Associated Press news agency reported the death toll at at least 10.

Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed there were dead and wounded, but did not specify how many.

“The murderers of civilians and perpetrators … will soon be punished for their crimes,” he wrote on Twitter
Police said there were multiple casualties, but also did not give a toll.

“A blast happened inside a mosque … the blast has casualties, but the numbers are not clear yet,” Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran told Reuters.


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