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Explosion near the Eid Gah mosque in Kabul. Taliban spokesman: there are deaths

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In the Afghan capital, Kabul, an explosion occurred on Sunday near the Eid Gah mosque, the city’s second largest. A spokesman for the Taliban’s government said that several people were killed in the explosion, although he did not specify exactly how many. One Reuters source reported at least two fatalities. Another added that all killed and injured were civilians.

The Eid Gah Mosque is located in the affluent eastern part of the city, near the Mahmud Khan Bridge and the National Stadium. On Sunday, there was a memorial service in honor of the mother of Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, and from September 7, the Minister of Information and Culture of Afghanistan.

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The causes of the explosion are not clear at the moment, said the Mujahid himself. A Taliban spokesman reported several deaths, but did not specify exactly how many people were killed or injured. The Reuters Agency says, citing its source among the Taliban, that at least two people were killed and another three injured. “All victims are civilians,” a source familiar with the case told another agency.

None of the military organizations operating in Afghanistan pleaded guilty to the bombing.

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Explosion at a mosque in KabulReuters

Post-Taliban attacks

Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan on August 15, attacks by IS-K militants (the so-called Islamic State of Khorasan Province) have intensified. On August 26, this radical group carried out the first suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport after the Taliban seized power, killing around 200 people, including 13 American commandos.

On Saturday, October 2, Afghanistan armed IS-K fighters killed two Taliban and three civilians in Jalalabad in the east of the country, near the border with Pakistan. Meanwhile, on Friday, the Taliban attacked jihadist hideouts in the north of Kabul, killing and detaining an unspecified number of militants. The rivalry and fights between these groups are constantly escalating, the agencies emphasize.

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