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Taliban: Explosion at Kabul mosque kills several civilians

By Allen Cone
Taliban: Explosion at Kabul mosque kills several civilians
The Eidgah Mosque in Kabul, the Afghan capital, was built in the 17th century. Photo by KevinScottNL/Wikipedia Commons

Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Several civilians died in a bombing outside the entrance of Kabul's second-largest mosque Sunday afternoon, a Taliban spokesman said.

The blast went off at the gates of the Eidgah Mosque in the Afghan capital. A funeral service for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Muhajid took place at the mosque.

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The number of dead was known.

Emergency NGO, an Italian nonprofit that runs a hospital in Kabul, posted on Twitter four people wounded in the explosion were being treated.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which is the first major one in the Afghan capital since August when Islamic State-Khorasan Province killed 13 U.S. Marines and some 200 Afghan civilians at the gates of the Kabul airport.

But IDKP has launched several attacks on the Taliban, mostly in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The mosque was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir and was restored by Multan Nawab Gov. Abdul Samad Khan 100 years later.

The largest mosque in the capital is Pul-e Khishti.

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