KABUL: In two different acts of terrorism in Afghanistan, atleast 19 people were killed and several injured. The number of violent attacks across Afghanistan has fallen since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August last year. Earlier this week, Afghan authorities said that they had eliminated most of Daesh presence in the country. But attacks against members of the Shiite Hazara minority continue across Afghanistan.
“The targeting of Hazara and Shia community in Afghanistan through these acts of terrorism is also a matter of serious concern,” the Pakistani foreign office said.
“We urge the international community to extend all possible support and assistance to Afghanistan in combating terrorism and overcoming these challenges.”
Thursday’s blasts came a week after a deadly explosion at a Shiite mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, which killed at least 16 people and wounded scores more.
On April 19, a series of explosions at a high school and educational center in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, including students, in the Afghan capital’s predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi.
Blast in Kabul mosque
A blast in the Afghan capital ripped through a Sunni mosque and killed at least 10 people on Friday, an interior ministry official said.
A wave of deadly bombings has rocked the country in the last two weeks of Ramazan — some claimed by the Islamic State group — killing dozens of civilians.
“Many worshippers were at the Khalifa Sahib mosque when the blast went off,” a survivor who gave his name as Ahmad told AFP. “Many victims were thrown off their feet.”
Mohammad Sabir, a resident in the area, said he had seen people being loaded into ambulances after the explosion. “The blast was very loud, I thought my eardrums were cracked,” he said.
Bloodied casualties were ferried in ambulances to a hospital in central Kabul but Taliban fighters barred journalists from accessing the facility.
“The blast occurred two hours after Friday prayers as worshippers were performing rituals,” interior ministry deputy spokesman Bismillah Habib told AFP, adding at least 15 people were injured.
Friday’s blast came hours after Afghanistan’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada praised the country’s security apparatus in a message ahead of Eidul Fitr.
While he made no mention of the recent spate of bombings, he said Afghanistan had been able to build “a strong Islamic and national army,” as well as “a strong intelligence organisation”.
Pakistan condemned on Friday twin bomb blasts that killed at least nine people and injured 13 in Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif, northern Afghanistan.
Bombs exploded aboard two passenger vehicles in the capital of northern Balkh province. Local officials told the media the victims were travelling home to break their Ramadan fast on Thursday. The blasts were claimed by the Daesh.
“Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan on 28 April 2022 causing loss of precious Afghan lives and injuring many others,” the Pakistani foreign office said in a statement.
“We believe these heinous acts of terrorism against innocent Afghans are aimed at weakening the resolve of the Afghan nation in pursuit of peace, stability and progress.”