21 Dead And Dozens Wounded In Kabul Mosque Blast, Police Says

21 Dead And Dozens Wounded In Kabul Mosque Blast, Police Says

Updated on August 18, 2022 15:57 PM by Anthony Christian

A huge explosion that erupted inside a mosque during evening prayers in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday killed 21 people and injured 33 others, police say.

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Security forces were investigating the incident in the city's police district 17, Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said. Health care organization Emergency stated that it treated dozens of victims.

Emergency's Country Director in Afghanistan, Stefano Sozza, said on Wednesday, "Following today's explosion, we admitted 27 patients to our Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul, including five minors, one of them a 7-year-old boy."

He added, "Two patients arrived dead, one died in the emergency room."

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Taliban spokesperson condemned the explosion:

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed there were dead and wounded civilians but did not say how many.

Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the Taliban government "strongly condemned" the explosion and vowed the perpetrators of "such crimes will be caught and punished for their heinous deeds."

Another Taliban deputy spokesperson, Bilal Karimi, condemned the explosion in a tweet on Wednesday evening.

Karimi wrote, "The murderers of civilians and perpetrators of similar crimes will soon be caught and punished for their actions, God willing."

Stefano Sozza, from Emergency, said Afghanistan "is suffering the consequences of a very long conflict that has undermined its future."

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He said, "In August alone, we managed six mass casualties in our hospital, with a total of almost 80 patients. Throughout the year, we have continued to receive gunshot injuries, shrapnel injuries, stabbing injuries, and victims of mine and IED explosions on a daily basis."

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