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By Siba Jackson, news reporter
Friday 14 May 2021 18:48, UK



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The bombing happened on the second of a three-day ceasefire. Pic: AP



The explosion happened during a three-day ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.


A bomb ripped through a mosque in Kabul during Friday prayers, killing 12 worshippers including the imam, Afghan police have said.

A further 15 people were wounded - including at least one child according to eye witnesses - in the explosion which happened in Shakar Dara district, in the north of the capital.

The imam, named as Mofti Noman, may have been a target, an initial police investigation suggests, said Afghan police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz.


The bombing happened on the second of a three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban to mark the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.

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It is the latest in a surge in violence as US and NATO troops begin their final withdrawal from the war-torn country. Pic: AP

The Afghan government also agreed to abide by the truce.

No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

But it is the latest in a surge in violence as US and NATO troops begin their final withdrawal from the war-torn country, after two decades of conflict.



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Security personnel arrive at the explosion site in Kabul. Pic: AP


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No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Pic: AP


Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the mosque attack and denied any insurgent connection.

He accused Afghanistan's intelligence agency of being responsible for the blast.


One worshipper, Muhibullah Sahebzada, said he had just arrived at the building when the explosion happened.

He told of how he heard children screaming as smoke filled the mosque and described seeing several bodies on the floor.

It appeared that an explosive device was hidden inside the pulpit at the front of the mosque, Mr Sahebzada said.


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People gather at the scene of the explosion in Shakar Dara district. Pic: AP


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A man holds a blood-stained turban and cap after the explosion. Pic: AP


"I was afraid of a second explosion so I came immediately to my home," he added.

It comes just days after a powerful car bomb attack claimed dozens of lives including many students.

The Taliban has denied involvement and condemned the attack.

Earlier this week, US troops left their southern Kandahar air base, where some NATO forces still remain.

More than 30,000 American soldiers were stationed in the region, the Taliban heartland, during the peak of the war.
 

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According to Afghan media, Daesh killed the last prominent Imam, tends to reason they will probably try to keep on killing unless they are stopped. This doesn’t seem to fit the pattern of the Taliban; attacks during a ceasefire, but seems perfectly like a way to frame them by spoilers. First the girls school and now this.

ISAF should be focusing on finding Daesh before they leave, and passing on the information to those that can act to stop this global scourge, and to prevent these attacks from happening anymore.


 
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Daesh killed the last prominent Imam, tends to reason they will probably try to keep on killing unless they are stopped.


Sir it`s probably because these Imams are educating people about the true Islam and principles of Jihad while condemning the brutalities of ISIS. So Daesh is taking out these Molvis to push people into darkness and impose their version of Jihad and Islam while taking over the territory.
 

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Sir it`s probably because these Imams are educating people about the true Islam and principles of Jihad while condemning the brutalities of ISIS. So Daesh is taking out these Molvis to push people into darkness and impose their version of Jihad and Islam while taking over the territory.
cant say why they targeted him, it would be speculation. Either way, well only know if these scum are caught, by whomever.
 

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ISIS-K filth. NDS is murdering its own people in mosques. No room for ISIS-K and their backers in Afghanistan.
 

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cant say why they targeted him, it would be speculation. Either way, well only know if these scum are caught, by whomever.
Sir if this 'head of Daesh operations in the north and northeast of Afghanistan' was caught and still there is no reason for why they have been targeting Imams, I think a couple of more such arrests won`t bring out the masterplan to the fore. Rather I am of the view that the top planners won`t be sharing the complete information with their lower ranks due to the fears that if they get caught they would spill the beans or that they could be spies. So they are only following the orders from the top and that`s what they would be told instead of sharing details or future course of action.
 

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Sir if this 'head of Daesh operations in the north and northeast of Afghanistan' was caught and still there is no reason for why they have been targeting Imams, I think a couple of more such arrests won`t bring out the masterplan to the fore. Rather I am of the view that the top planners won`t be sharing the complete information with their lower ranks due to the fears that if they get caught they would spill the beans or that they could be spies. So they are only following the orders from the top and that`s what they would be told instead of sharing details or future course of action.
All this time in country, and ISAF can’t figure out the who’s who of Daesh? Biden is right, the longer the US and ISAF is there the worse it gets. Better to minimize this mess metastasizing any further; best to cut the cord and let the chips fall where they may. At least then we’ll see who’s who and what’s what.
 

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By Siba Jackson, news reporter
Friday 14 May 2021 18:48, UK



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The bombing happened on the second of a three-day ceasefire. Pic: AP



The explosion happened during a three-day ceasefire to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.


A bomb ripped through a mosque in Kabul during Friday prayers, killing 12 worshippers including the imam, Afghan police have said.

A further 15 people were wounded - including at least one child according to eye witnesses - in the explosion which happened in Shakar Dara district, in the north of the capital.

The imam, named as Mofti Noman, may have been a target, an initial police investigation suggests, said Afghan police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz.


The bombing happened on the second of a three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban to mark the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.

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It is the latest in a surge in violence as US and NATO troops begin their final withdrawal from the war-torn country. Pic: AP

The Afghan government also agreed to abide by the truce.

No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

But it is the latest in a surge in violence as US and NATO troops begin their final withdrawal from the war-torn country, after two decades of conflict.



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Security personnel arrive at the explosion site in Kabul. Pic: AP


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No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. Pic: AP


Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the mosque attack and denied any insurgent connection.

He accused Afghanistan's intelligence agency of being responsible for the blast.


One worshipper, Muhibullah Sahebzada, said he had just arrived at the building when the explosion happened.

He told of how he heard children screaming as smoke filled the mosque and described seeing several bodies on the floor.

It appeared that an explosive device was hidden inside the pulpit at the front of the mosque, Mr Sahebzada said.


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People gather at the scene of the explosion in Shakar Dara district. Pic: AP


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A man holds a blood-stained turban and cap after the explosion. Pic: AP


"I was afraid of a second explosion so I came immediately to my home," he added.

It comes just days after a powerful car bomb attack claimed dozens of lives including many students.

The Taliban has denied involvement and condemned the attack.

Earlier this week, US troops left their southern Kandahar air base, where some NATO forces still remain.

More than 30,000 American soldiers were stationed in the region, the Taliban heartland, during the peak of the war.
This seems to have TTP/Daesh fingerprints all over it.
 

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