Kabul mosque attack: ‘Many casualties feared’

View of Kabul, 2019

A huge explosion has ripped through a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, police say.

The blast is thought to have occurred during evening prayers, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more, according to the NGO Emergency.

Khalid Zadran, the Taliban’s Kabul police spokesman, was quoted by local media as saying there had been an explosion in the city’s north-west.

Reports say the Siddiqi mosque’s imam was among the dead.

It is unclear who was behind the attack, which comes the week after a prominent pro-Taliban cleric was killed in a suicide bomb blast, also in Kabul. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the earlier attack.

Security forces have arrived at the scene, in a northern Kabul neighbourhood, the spokesman added.

Italian NGO Emergency – which operates in Kabul – said three deaths have been recorded so far.

The NGO also tweeted to say it had received 27 people wounded in the blast, including children. “Five children [were] among them, including a seven-year-old,” it said.

A Taliban intelligence official told news agency Reuters that as many as 35 people may have been wounded or killed, and the toll could rise further.

Witnesses described hearing a powerful explosion which shattered windows in nearby buildings.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the explosion took place at a mosque among worshippers in the Khair Khana area of Kabul.

Intelligence teams were at the blast site and investigations are ongoing, they added.

A spokesman for the Taliban said it strongly condemned the attack.

IS focus seems to be widening
Analysis box by Lyse Doucet, chief international correspondent

The mosque was crowded, the bomb powerful, and another cleric seems to have been in the sights of IS (Islamic State), the group which has emerged as the Taliban’s most potent enemy.

In the past month, three prominent religious leaders were targeted in Kabul and there were assassinations in other cities.

Last week it was Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, known to be close to the Taliban. This time it’s Amir Muhammad Kabuli, said to be an adherent of the more moderate Sufi faith.

Video posted on social media showed a scene of carnage.

One religious student who was just outside the mosque told the BBC he saw the bodies of the dead and injured sprawled inside, including children attending evening prayers.

IS’s signature has been its devastating attacks on the minority Shia Hazara community. But their focus now seems to be widening just as the Taliban celebrate their one year in power – a takeover which ended one chapter of a long bloody war but only ushered in yet another.

source https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62581102

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5 replies

  1. Although I have been following such news for decades, I still just cannot understand the purpose and reason of murdering innocent people, in mosques or elsewhere…

    • Hi Rafiq, how are you, you are still in Lombok iland. Indonesia?

      Rafiq. I tell you again, there is no peace in Islsmic countries. Believe me! Because there are many violent verses in Al Quran and Hadith.

      I was inspired by the teaching of tolerance of JESUS. Like this;

      “Love your neighbor as yourself. “There is no greater commandment than this,” he said. Matthew 22:37.👍Woww

      But I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.👍Woww
      Matthew 5:44

      If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. By doing so you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be defeated by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:20-23👍Woww

      Love the foreigners who come to your country as you love yourself. Leviticus 19:33👍wow

      JESUS: I am the Way and the Truth and the Life, no one can come to Heaven except through Jesus or the Bible. John 14:6 Wow👍

      I did not find a single word in the Gospel commanding to kill people of different religions. Jesus never killed people and fought wars. Jesus’ hands were clean of human blood. Extraordinary! 👍Woowww

      What do you think Rafiq?

      • I think you should increase your efforts to tell Christians all that. Look at how the ‘converted’ Americas by genocide. In Africa they brought the Bible and took the land. etc. etc. etc.

        Yes, I am in Lombok… Coming on a visit? Tourist visas are on again.

  2. I agree. While they claim to have been the perpetrators, it’s interesting to note that they NEVER give a reason for their murderous attacks on the innocent.

    And what kind of Muslims are these Daesh (which they claim to be), that they kill people needlessly and that too, inside mosques while they are praying to the same God that these creeps claim to be worshiping?!

    What exactly are they trying to accomplish….? As far as I and many others can see, the Daesh and the Taliban have so much in common that it’s incomprehensible to the rest of the world why they are killing each other.

    For POWER?! Then, it’s not an ideology that they are fighting for, but, just WORLDLY POWER! Therefore, there’s NOTHING ISLAMIC about their blood-thirsty attacks.

    • This is my answer why do Muslims kill Syah Muslim, ahmadiyah Muslim, Christians, LGBT etc because there is Islamic DOCTRINE such as:

      Hadith from Abu Hurairah “I was ordered to fight people until they say Laa-ilaaha-illallah” (Narrated by Bukhari-Muslim)

      Muslims kill Christian, Jews etc

      KILL LGBT !
      The Prophet said, “If you have people who act like the people of Lut (LGBT), then kill the culprits.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

      If anyone sincerely supplicates to Allaah for martyrdom, Allaah will elevate him to the rank of martyrs even if he died on his bed. [Sahih Muslim 4695 ].

      Muslkms kill Syahh, Ahmadiyah and Christian are infidel ( Kafir)

      What do you think Rafiq and rmuhamdali ?

      If there is Christian kill others they do not follow Jesus’s teaching. Jesus NEVER kill people. He love people very much, He was Holy, He is still alive

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