9 civilians killed in an explosion near a mosque in Kabul

An explosion outside a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, killed 9 civilians.

“The explosion in the afternoon targeted a gathering of civilians near the entrance to the “Eid Kah” mosque in Kabul, killing a number of them,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter earlier, without providing additional details.

A prayer was held in the mosque on Sunday afternoon for Mujahid’s mother, who died last week, according to what the spokesman said on social media on Saturday, as he confirmed that “all people and friends are invited to attend.”

“I heard the sound of an explosion near the Eid Kah mosque, followed by shooting,” Ahmadullah, who works in a shop nearby, told AFP.

He added, “Before the explosion, the Taliban blocked the way to pray for the mother of Zabihullah Mujahid in the Eid Kah mosque.”

AFP reporters at two locations in the capital heard the sound of explosions and gunfire, while ambulances were seen rushing towards the emergency hospital in Kabul.

On August 31, US President Joe Biden announced his country’s official withdrawal from Afghanistan after staying for more than two decades in the country.

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