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At Least 21 Dead After Huge Bomb Hits Kabul Mosque

At least 33 others were wounded during the attack.

A huge bomb attack at a mosque in Kabul has reportedly killed at least 21 people, including a prominent cleric during evening prayers.

At least 33 others were wounded during the attack.

Al Jazeera quoted a police spokesperson as giving a death toll of 21.

“Yesterday an explosion occurred in a mosque … during evening prayers. As a result 21 of our citizens were martyred and 33 were wounded,” Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran said in a statement on Thursday.

Kabul’s Emergency Hospital said on Twitter it had received 27 patients wounded in the blast, including a seven-year-old child.

According to the report, the powerful explosion was heard in a northern Kabul neighbourhood, shattering windows in nearby buildings. Ambulances rushed to the spot.

A Taliban intelligence official said the explosion occurred in a mosque among worshippers in Khair Khana area of Kabul.

However, the Imam of the mosque was among those killed and the toll could still rise, the source added.

Intelligence teams were at the blast site and investigations were ongoing.

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