An explosion at a mosque in Kabul in the Serahi Alauddin area of the city after Friday prayers killed many people and about 30 were wounded. Eyewitnesses said they feared many had died. Official confirmed death toll was 10. A health source said however hospitals had received 66 dead bodies and 78 wounded people. Sayed Fazil Agha, the head of the mosque, said someone they believed was a suicide bomber joined them in the ceremony and detonated explosives. It was not immediately clear who was responsible. At least two UN staff members and their families were inside the Khalifa Sahib Mosque at the time of the attack.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid condemned the attack, which took place days before the end of Ramadan. „Such brutal killings during this fast are the work of circles that have nothing to do with Islam or the country,” Mujahid tweeted. Most of the recent attacks were claimed by ISIS affiliate group and Taliban rival ISIS-Khorsan (ISIS-K). Emergency Hospital said it had treated more than 100 patients wounded in attacks in Kabul in April alone. Many of the attacks have targeted the Shi’ite minority, however Sunni mosques have also been attacked.The United States and the United Nations’ mission to Afghanistan condemned the attack. “No words are strong enough to condemn this despicable act,” said Mette Knudsen, the U.N. secretary general’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan.