2 Dead After Suicide Bomber Attacks Mosque In Kabul: The assault occurred at one of many metropolis‘s most well-known locations of worship
2 Dead After Suicide Bomber Attacks Mosque In Kabul
Kabul, Afghanistan: A well known imam and a worshipper had been killed in a prayer-time bombing at a well-liked mosque in Kabul’s fortified Inexperienced Zone on Tuesday, officers mentioned.
The most recent assault within the Afghan capital got here after seven civilians had been killed within the north of the nation in a roadside bomb blast authorities blamed on the Taliban.
No group instantly claimed the night explosion in central Kabul, which occurred at one of many metropolis‘s most well-known locations of worship.
A loud blast despatched shockwaves by the sprawling militarised zone, the place alarms sounded at numerous embassies and worldwide workplaces, sending workers dashing into secure rooms.
“Sadly, this night some explosives positioned by terrorists in Wazir Akbar Khan mosque detonated,” inside ministry spokesman Tareq Arian informed AFP.
The mosque is positioned on the principal entrance to the Inexperienced Zone and is accessible from each inside and outdoors the tightly managed space. High leaders usually go there to supply ceremonial prayers.
The mosque’s imam, Ayaz Niazi, was amongst these killed, Arian mentioned. He was well-known in Kabul and his politically charged sermons had been usually so properly attended that worshippers would spill into the grounds outdoors the mosque.
Arian initially mentioned the assault was carried out by a suicide bomber. However as investigations proceeded, it was not clear that remained the case.
President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman known as the incident a “heinous” assault.
The assault follows a Saturday bombing claimed by the Islamic State group towards a tv station’s minibus in central Kabul, killing a journalist and the motive force.
It additionally comes after officers mentioned seven civilians had been killed late Monday by a roadside bomb linked to the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, at the same time as authorities pressed for peace talks with the militants.
The blast struck a small truck in Kunduz province carrying a gaggle of labourers within the risky Khan Abad district.
No group claimed accountability, however Kunduz provincial spokesman Esmatullah Muradi blamed the Taliban.
“The Taliban normally plant roadside bombs to focus on safety forces, however their bombs normally kill civilians,” he informed AFP.
Two of six others wounded within the Kunduz blast had been in crucial situation, district chief Hayatullah Amiri mentioned.
Doable peace talks
Regardless of the latest bloodshed, violence throughout a lot of Afghanistan has dropped total since Could 24, when the Taliban introduced a shock three-day ceasefire to mark the Eid al-Fitr vacation.
Ghani had welcomed the Taliban ceasefire supply and authorities responded by saying round 2,000 Taliban prisoners can be launched in a “goodwill gesture” with a view to kickstarting peace talks.
Afghanistan’s former chief government Abdullah Abdullah, who has been appointed to steer the talks, has mentioned his crew was prepared to start negotiations “at any second“.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a video convention Monday with high officers in Kabul together with Ghani and his first deputy Amrullah Saleh.
Whereas Saleh highlighted the significance of the continuing drop in violence and the necessity for holding on to a ceasefire, the 2 sides mentioned the long run steps wanted to deliver peace in Afghanistan, Ghani’s workplace mentioned in an announcement.
The problem of the discharge of Taliban prisoners and the venue for the intra-Afghan peace talks had been mentioned specifically, it mentioned.
Violence had surged after the Taliban signed a landmark settlement with the USA in February, which paves the best way for the withdrawal of all international forces by Could subsequent yr.
(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)