(UPDATE – Aug. 10, 3:55pm ET) The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the explosion. A statement says “innocent people were injured and martyred” because they chose to leave the mosque.
(UPDATE – Aug. 9, 11:15am ET) At least 12 people were killed and 25 others were wounded in an explosion that erupted at a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers. At least one of the dead is said to be a military officer.
The blast took place in Kabul’s Old Kabul neighborhood, which is largely populated by Afghans who fled their war-torn country decades ago. The explosion also occurred near the Ghoba mosque, which is one of the largest Sunni mosques in the capital, as worshippers left after afternoon prayers.
The Interior Ministry’s media office reported the explosion, saying the cause was unknown. There was no immediate word on who was behind the blast.
The bombing comes two days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, met in the Afghan capital to review cooperation on counterterrorism and the volatile situation in the country.