Bomb attack on Kabul mosque leaves ‘number of civilians dead’: Memorial service for mother of Taliban’s chief spokesman ‘is targeted by ISIS militants’
- A bomb targeting a mosque in Kabul has killed several civilians according to a Taliban spokesman
- The bomb reportedly hit a mosque where a memorial service was being held for Taliban member Zabihullah Mujahid
- No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but attacks against the Taliban in Afghanistan by Islamic State militants have become more frequent
- More to follow
A bomb which targeted the entrance of a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday has left a ‘number of civilians dead’, according to a Taliban spokesman.
The bomb targeted the Eidgah mosque where a memorial service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but attacks in Afghanistan against the Taliban by Islamic State (IS) militants have increased since the Taliban swept to power in mid-August.
IS militants were also responsible for the August suicide bombing at the gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul which killed over 100 civilians and several US military personnel.
The rise has raised the possibility of a wider conflict between the two extremist groups.
Emergency NGO, an Italian-funded hospital in Kabul, tweeted it had received four people wounded in the blast.
The area around the mosque was cordoned off by the Taliban who maintained a heavy security presence.
IS maintains 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 after an IS roadside bomb wounded four Taliban fighters in the area.