On Sunday, a senior Taliban official stated that an explosion took place outside Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and as a result, a number of civilians lost their lives. Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid posted a tweet and said that the blast took place near the entrance of the Eid Gah Mosque in the Afghan capital.
On Saturday, spokesperson Mujahid invited all people and friends through social media to attend a prayer ceremony for his mother, who passed away last week, at the Eid Gah Mosque on Sunday afternoon.
A shopkeeper near the site of the blast named Ahmadullah stated that he heard the sound of an explosion near the Mosque, and added that the explosion was followed by the firing of guns. Ahmadullah said that the Taliban had blocked the road to hold a prayer ceremony for Mujahid’s mother in Mosque before the blast took place.
The sound of the blast and the shooting was also heard by journalists in two different locations in Kabul. Several ambulances were seen taking the wounded people to Kabul’s Emergency Hospital, located in the Shahr-e Naw area. On Twitter, the hospital stated four patients were being treated.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but attacks by ISIL fighters against the Taliban have increased after the Afghan takeover, creating a wider conflict between the two. The ISIL group has maintained a strong presence in the eastern region of Nangarhar. It considers the Taliban as an enemy and has claimed several attacks against them.