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Blast at Kabul mosque kills more than 50, according to its leader

The blast occurred on Friday as the country heads into the last weekend of Ramadan.

Published: April 29, 2022 2:05pm

Updated: April 29, 2022 2:50pm

A large blast killed more than 50 people attending services Friday at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The explosion hit the Sunni Khalifa Sahib Mosque early in the afternoon.

A Taliban spokesman reported a death toll of 10, but the mosque's leader, Sayed Fazil Agha said the figure is many times that, according to Reuters.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which shook the west side of the city as it begins the final weekend of Ramadan. A Taliban spokesman condemned the blast and said the perpetrators would be found and punished.

The mosque leader said an individual believed to be a suicide bomber joined the worshippers in service and detonated an explosive device. 

Dozens of victims were transported to the Emergency Hospital in downtown Kabul. One source told Reuters that nearby hospitals has received 66 dead bodies and 78 wounded individuals. 

Afghanistan has suffered several blast attacks this month, including two Thursday that killed at least nine Shiite Muslims in passenger vans in the northern part of the country. One week ago, a different Sunni mosque was hit during Friday prayers, killing 33. Some of the attacks in recent weeks have been claimed by the Islamic State. 

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