According to the Kabul police, 21 people were killed and 33 others were wounded after a bomb attack at a mosque in Kabul, the Afghan capital during evening prayers on Wednesday.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban government spokesman had earlier confirmed the attack but could not give an analysis on the fatalities caused by the attack. No one/group has claim to be responsible for the attack and no blame has been assign by the authorities. “The murderers of civilians and perpetrators … will soon be punished for their crimes,” he Twitted.
An Italian NGO and Afghanistan country Emergency director, that aids in providing free healthcare in Kabul, has reported that 35 patients were received at its hospital, 2 were dead, 1 died in the emergency units at the hospital, 24 victims are receiving treatment while 8 were discharged..
“The hospital is quite full and we only have eight free beds. Unfortunately, we are running out of capacity. The injuries are mainly due to the burns following the explosion. Nine patients below 18 years and a seven year old child are also victims in the attack” Stefano Sozza told the Media.
Investigations by intelligence teams at the affected area is ongoing to get the perpetrators.
Witnesses told the press the Siddiquiya mosque was the targeted structure and the explosion was powerful, shattering windows in nearby buildings. The witness who wasn't authorized to speak to the media, gave details in anonymity. "Mullah Amir Mohammad Kabuli, the Imam of the mosque was among the dead" resident told The Press.
Afghanistan has experienced regular attacks in recent months by unknown armed groups, many who claimed to be an affiliate to the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K). Taliban Officials said The ISIL (ISIS) armed group were responsible for the death of Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, a prominent Taliban religious leader, who was killed last week in a bomb attack at Kabul. The ISKP In June, claimed responsibility for the Sikh temple attack that killed two people in Kabul.