At least 14 killed in Kabul mosque and Islamic State bombings in Afghanistan

All victims in the three minivan bombings were reportedly Shiite Muslims
Taliban guards Muslims praying, Kabul, Afghanistan, May 1, 2022

Explosions shook Afghanistan Wednesday after a blast inside a Kabul mosque killed at least five people while three minivan bombings killed at least nine in northern Afghanistan, Taliban officials said, according to The Associated Press

While the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for the minivan bombings, no group has claimed the Kabul mosque explosion that resembled an IS-K attack, the AP stated.

Nearly two dozen victims from the mosque bombing went to the Kabul Emergency Hospital, authorities said.

"The blast took place while people were inside the mosque for the evening prayers," Kabul Taliban police spokesman Khalid Zadran said.

In the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, explosive devices inside of minivans killed nine and wounded 15, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Asif Waziri said.

All victims in Mazar-e-Sharif were minority Shiite Muslims, a police official anonymously told the AP.

The Taliban have had a difficult time preventing attacks from the IS-K Sunni militant group since President Joe Biden's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The most notable IS-K attack occurred at the Kabul airport in August, with suicide bombings resulting in at least 183 deaths, including 13 US service members.