Explosion hits mosque in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, during Friday prayers

Explosion hits mosque in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, during Friday prayers

Explosion hits Afghan mosque during Friday prayers ‘causing injuries and fatalities’

An explosion has hit a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, wounding at least 12 people and causing fatalities. 

The blast targeted a Sunni mosque in the Spin Ghar district, on the border with Pakistan, and struck around 1.30pm local time.

Residents said a bomb was planted inside the mosque which detonated as prayers were underway. Taliban officials have confirmed the blast, but given no more details.

It is just the latest in a series of bomb attacks that have targeted Afghani mosques during Friday prayers, which seem aimed at undermining Taliban rule.

Many Afghans supported the Taliban returning to power, believing the Islamist group would provide greater security.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for today’s explosion, which is unusual because it targeted a Sunni house of worship.

Most of the previous blasts have targeted Shia mosques and have been claimed by ISIS-K, the Sunni terror group’s Afghan branch. 

Accounts of casualties varied. One local said at least 12 people had been wounded, including the imam of the mosque. 

Another resident said 15 people had been hurt, three seriously.

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