Afghan mosque hit by blast during Friday prayers: Reports

An unnamed Taliban official told AFP new agency that the blast in the Spin Ghar area caused fatalities and injuries.

An explosion has hit a mosque in the Spin Ghar area of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, wounding at least 12 people, according to residents and Taliban officials.

An unnamed Taliban official told AFP new agency that the blast caused fatalities and injuries. “I can confirm a blast during Friday prayers inside a mosque in Spin Ghar district,” the official said.

Atal Shinwari, a resident of the area, told Reuters the blast occurred at around 1:30pm local time when explosives apparently located in the interior of the mosque detonated. Another resident gave a similar account.

A doctor at the local hospital told AFP that at least three people have been killed. However, Al Jazeera could not independently verify the toll.

An affiliate of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group has claimed responsibility for a series of bloody attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power in August.

One of the latest, in early November, saw ISIL fighters raid the Kabul National Military Hospital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 50.

More than 120 people were killed in ISIL attacks earlier this year on two mosques popular with the ethnic minority Hazara community.

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