A bomb exploded Sunday at a mosque in Afghanistan’s capital, killing a “number of civilians,” according to a Taliban spokesman.
The bomb targeted the entrance of Eidgah Mosque in Kabul, the site of a memorial service for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. He later tweeted that the attack had claimed civilian lives.
Emergency NGO, an Italian-funded hospital in Kabul, said on Twitter that it had taken in four people who were wounded by the bombing.
The area around the mosque was on Sunday cordoned off by the Taliban.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But since the Taliban’s takeover of the war-torn country in August, attacks by Islamic State group militants against the group have risen. The rise has increased the possibility of a wider conflict between the two Islamist organizations.
IS holds a strong presence in the eastern province of Nangarhar and considers the Taliban an enemy. It has claimed several attacks against them, including several killings in the provincial capital of Jalalabad.
Attacks in Kabul have so far been rare, but in recent weeks IS has shown signs it is expanding its footprint beyond the east and closer toward the capital. On Friday, Taliban fighters raided an IS hideout just north of Kabul in Parwan province. The raid came after an IS roadside bomb wounded four Taliban fighters in the area.
On Saturday, two Taliban members and a pair of civilians were killed by gunmen in an attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
With Post wires
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