Blast near Kabul mosque after Friday prayers causes casualties

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2022-09-23 17:01:00

Smoke bellows from a site of a blast near the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Mosque that reportedly happened as people were leaving the mosque after Friday prayers at Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul on September 23, 2022. — AFP
  • Number of casualties not yet known.
  • “After prayers, when people wanted to come out from the mosque, a blast happened,” says police spokesman.
  • Explosion takes place in Wazir Akbar Khan.

KABUL: A blast near a mosque rocked the Afghan capital on Friday as people were streaming out of afternoon prayers, authorities said, but the number of casualties was not yet known, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The explosion was the latest of a deadly series at mosques during Friday prayers in recent months, some of them claimed by Daesh.

“After prayers, when people wanted to come out from the mosque, a blast happened,” said Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran. “All casualties are civilians, the exact number is not clear yet.”

The explosion took place in Wazir Akbar Khan, an area formerly home to the city’s ‘green zone’, the location of many foreign embassies and NATO, but now controlled by the ruling Taliban.

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