An explosion has hit a mosque in the Spin Ghar area of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayer. Three people were killed and at least 15 wounded, including the Imam, who was leading the prayer. Three of them has serious injuries. The mosque was attended by Sunni Muslims. The blast occurred at around 1:30 P.M. The explosion appeared to be caused by a bomb planted inside the mosque. The bomb appeared to have been hidden in a loudspeaker. When the speaker was switched on to sound the azan, the device detonated. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the apparent attack. Spin Ghar district of the eastern province is a hotbed of Islamic State group activity since the Taliban seized power in the country in August.
Although both IS and the Taliban are hardline Sunni Islamist militant groups, they differ on the issues of religion and strategy. The Afghan branch of the Islamic State group, which first emerged in Nangarhar in 2015, has claimed responsibility for a series of bloody attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power. The Taliban consider Islamic State their enemy and have pledged to protect all ethnic and sectarian groups.