A bomb blast outside the main mosque in Kabul on Sunday afternoon killed and injured several Afghan civilians, said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
The blast was the first attack in the capital since late August, when an ISIS-Khorasan Province suicide bomber killed about 200 people, including 13 American soldiers, near Kabul airport.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on the Eid Gah mosque in the city center, which appeared to be directed at worshipers offering prayers for Mujahid’s mother, who recently died.
Qatar-based Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said Mujahid was “safe” along with his other colleagues because the explosion occurred far from where they were.
Hamidullah, a member of the Taliban, said he was only three meters from the suicide bomber, inside the mosque at the time of the explosion.
“I was thrown off by the force of the explosion,” he told reporters outside the Kabul Emergency Hospital where some of the victims were being treated.
The Afghan ISIS affiliate, also known as ISIS-K, has claimed a series of attacks in Nangarhar province and Kunar province (both in eastern Afghanistan) last week that killed dozens of civilians and Taliban fighters. [lt/ka]