An explosion outside a mosque in the Afghan capital killed “several civilians” on Sunday, a senior Taliban official said.
The blast occurred near the entrance to the Eid Gah mosque in Kabul, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
A prayer ceremony for Mujahid’s mother, who died last week, was held at the mosque on Sunday afternoon, the spokesperson wrote on social media on Saturday, adding that “all people and friends are invited to assist”.
Ahmadullah, a nearby merchant, told AFP: “I heard the sound of an explosion near the Eid Gah mosque followed by gunfire.
“Just before the explosion, the Taliban had blocked the road to hold a prayer ceremony for Zabihullah Mujahid’s mother at the Eid Gah mosque.”
Several people were killed and injured in an explosion in Kabul that targeted a mourning ceremony for the mother of a Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, in front of the famous Eidgah mosque on Sunday. #kabulattack
– Habib Khan (@HabibKhanT) October 3, 2021
AFP journalists in two towns in the capital also heard the explosion and the shots. Ambulances transporting the injured were seen running to the Kabul Emergency Hospital.