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Dozens killed and injured in Afghan mosque bombing

On Wednesday, Afghan Taliban officials and hospital sources said a powerful bomb detonated a packed mosque in the capital Kabul during evening prayers, killing dozens. said to have suffered casualties.

Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the city police, told VOA that there were "casualties" but did not provide further details. An intelligence team and investigators have arrived at the blast site and an investigation is underway, he added.

At least 20 worshipers were killed and many more were reported injured in the suicide bombing, according to multiple sources. Maulvi Amir Mohammad Kabuli, a well-known Afghan scholar and Sufi Islamic preacher, was said to be among the dead.

Witnesses and police officers were reported to have confirmed at least 10 of his deaths, including Kavli, to his Associated Press. Taliban officials did not comment on the casualties.

The Italian-run EMERGENCY Charity Hospital in Kabul said in a statement that two of the 27 victims who were transported to the facility from the blast site had died and a third. patient died in an emergency. Among the injured were five children, including a seven-year-old.

Chief of Staff Zabihula Mujahid, a spokesman for the ruling party group, called for the deadly attack, saying, "Perpetrators of such crimes will soon be brought to justice and punished." condemned.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack on the Siddiqiyah Mosque in the Her Khanna district of northern Kabul.

However, suspicion has been cast on the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group, which denounces Muslims who practice Sufism as polytheistic.

The Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), the Afghan branch of the Islamic State, has stepped up its offensive in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power a year before him. The terrorist organization has carried out bomb attacks against Taliban fighters and civilians, especially against his Afghan Shiite Muslim minority whom ISIS-K denounces as apostates.

Last week, an IS suicide bomber killed a prominent and highly respected Taliban scholar inside his Islamic seminary or madrasah in Kabul.

The Taliban repeatedly claims that military operations have degraded ISIS-K. But critics have cast doubt on these claims in the wake of recent high-profile attacks in Kabul and deadly bombings elsewhere in Afghanistan.