A powerful explosion killed more than 50 worshipers after Friday prayers at a mosque in Kabul, in the latest in a series of attacks on civilian targets in Kabul. Afghanistan during the month of Ramadan.
The explosion hit the Khalifa Sahib Mosque, west of the capital, early this afternoon, according to Bassemullah Habib, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.
The attack came as worshipers gathered at the Sunni mosque after Friday prayers for worshipers known as dhikr – a memorial act practiced by some Muslims but considered heretical by many Sunni groups.
Syed Fazil Agha, head of the mosque, said a person believed to be a suicide bomber joined them in the ceremony and detonated explosives. “Black smoke rose and spread everywhere, corpses were spread everywhere,” he said, adding that his nephews were among the dead. “I survived, but I lost my loved ones.”
Mohamed Saber, a local resident, said he saw people being loaded into ambulances. The explosion was very powerful. “I thought my eardrums were cracked,” he said.
The emergency hospital in central Kabul said it was treating 21 patients injured in the blast, and two were killed on arrival. A nurse at another hospital, who asked not to be identified, said she had received several people in critical condition.
A health source said that hospitals have so far received at least 30 bodies in total.
Dozens of Afghan civilians have been killed in recent weeks in explosions, some of which have been claimed Islamic country (he is). The latest attack took place last Friday of Ramadan, when most Muslims fast, and before the Eid holiday next week.
The Taliban The rulers say they have provided security in the country since taking power in August, and have largely eliminated the local branch of ISIS. However, international officials and analysts say the risk of militants returning remains.
Many of the attacks targeted the Shiite minority, but Sunni mosques were also attacked.
Explosive devices exploded in two passenger trucks carrying Shiites in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, killing at least nine people.
Last Friday, an explosion destroyed a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers in the city of Kunduz, killing 33.