Bomb Attack Leaves at Least 21 Dead, Taliban Says

Bomb Attack Leaves at Least 21 Dead, Taliban Says

( – Terrorist attacks have been on the rise in Afghanistan since the US and its allies left nearly a year ago. In early August, ISIS took credit for murdering a Taliban cleric. Now, there’s been another deadly bombing in the country.

On Wednesday, August 17, an explosion rocked a mosque in the capital of Kabul. The incident took place during evening prayers and killed at least 21 people, including a cleric and children. Witnesses of the bombing believe the death toll was actually higher. Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the police, told reporters that 33 others suffered injuries in the attack.

In a tweet, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the government, condemned the attack on the mosque. He vowed to catch the terrorists who carried out the murders and said they would be severely punished.

The cleric who died, Amir Mohammad Kabuli, wasn’t a known member of any particular group. An anonymous source told The Washington Post that he was a “great Islamic preacher who always spoke the truth,” adding that he couldn’t fathom a reason why someone would mark the spiritual leader for death.

No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack. ISIS, however, has carried out similar bombings in recent months.

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