Bombing Near Kabul Mosque Marks First Major Attack Since US Withdrawal

Headline Roundup October 3rd, 2021

A bomb that exploded near the entrance of Kabul's main mosque on Sunday afternoon has killed at least eight people and left dozens wounded, according to medical sources in Afghanistan. The bombing marks the first major attack since the Kabul airport bombing that killed 13 U.S. troops in August. The blast targeted the Eid Gah Mosque where a funeral prayer service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Some outlets emphasized how the explosion "underlined the serious security challenges" that the Taliban has faced since Western forces retreated from Afghanistan in August. Most left-and-center rated sources noted three people were arrested at the scene of the bombing but no group has taken responsibility. Some right-rated sources such as the Daily Mail said "responsibility for the attack was claimed by IS-K," noting how "attacks against the Taliban by IS militants have increased since the Taliban swept to power in mid-August."

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A bombing outside Kabul’s main mosque killed at least two Afghan civilians and left others wounded, the Taliban says.

The explosion, at Eid Gah Mosque, is the first major attack in the city since the Islamic State targeted Kabul airport in August while thousands attempted to escape the country as it fell to the Taliban.

Qari Muhammad Saeed Khosti, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, confirmed the death toll to The Washington Post via telephone but cautioned that the number could rise. “I don’t have an exact number of casualties,”...

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A bomb attack targeting the funeral prayer service for the mother of the Taliban’s chief spokesman killed at least three people in Kabul’s main mosque Sunday afternoon, in the first major militant strike on the Afghan capital since U.S. forces withdrew in August.

The Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, and other members of the Taliban leadership were inside the mosque and weren’t hurt in the bombing, which occurred at the entrance to the Eid Gah Mosque in the heart of Kabul, officials said. The death toll was likely to increase.

While there...

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A bomb which targeted the entrance of a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday has left a 'number of civilians dead', according to a Taliban spokesman.

The bomb targeted the Eidgah mosque where a memorial service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahi and represents the first major attack of its kind in Afghanistan since the departure of US forces.

The Taliban say five people have been killed and 10 injured, but medical sources say the death toll stands at 10 with over 30 injured...

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