A blast in a mosque in the course of the Friday prayers within the western a part of capital Kabul has killed at the very least 4 individuals and wounded many extra, Afghanistan’s inside ministry mentioned.
“Explosives positioned contained in the Shir Shah-e-Suri Mosque exploded throughout Friday prayers,” mentioned an announcement issued by the ministry, which added that the mosque’s prayer chief Mofleh Frotan was amongst these killed.
Inside Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian mentioned police have cordoned off the realm and helped transfer the wounded to ambulances and close by hospitals.
No group instantly claimed duty for the assault however a mosque assault earlier this month was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) group’s affiliate, headquartered in jap Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.
“Apparently, each time you’ve got the peace course of gaining some momentum and tempo, you’ve got these sort of assaults within the nation,” Habib Wardak, a nationwide safety analyst based mostly in Kabul, instructed Al Jazeera.
“The Islamic State group claimed duty for the assault that occurred final week on a mosque in Kabul, so even supposing you’ve got these information and press convention from the federal government that they’ve eradicated ISIL, how can they conduct such a complicated operations?”
Friday’s blast had parallels to at least one earlier this month, when an explosion tore aside a well-known Kabul mosque and led to the dying of famend Afghan cleric Maulvi Ayaz Naizi.
“On this assault the imam appears to be the goal, not the remainder of the gang. These are the Imams who’ve supported the peace course of with the Taliban motion.
“The opposite political facet for these sort of assaults is that there are peace spoilers attempting to convey a message that peace with the Taliban won’t eradicate violence within the nation as a result of you’ve got ISIL,” Wardak mentioned.
Violence has spiked in latest weeks in Afghanistan with a lot of the assaults claimed by the ISIL affiliate.
The USA blamed the armed group for a horrific assault final month on a maternity hospital within the capital that killed 24 individuals, together with two infants and a number of other new moms.
The IS affiliate additionally took duty for an assault on a bus carrying journalists in Kabul on Might 30, killing two.
It additionally claimed credit score for an assault on the funeral of a strongman loyal to the federal government final month that killed 35 individuals.
In the meantime, the US is trying to dealer peace talks between the Afghan authorities and the armed group Taliban to finish 18 years of battle.
Washington’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was within the area earlier this week attempting to resuscitate a US peace cope with the Taliban.
The peace deal signed in February requires the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan in return for a dedication by the Taliban to not launch assaults on the US or its allies.
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