12 worshippers were killed in a bombing in a mosque in northern Kabul during Friday prayers, Afghan police said. Spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said that the mosque’s imam, Mofti Naiman, was among the dead and another 15 people were injured in the attack.
A worshipper at the mosque said that he just stepped into the mosque when the blast went off and after that, he heard the sound of screams, including children, as smoke filled the mosque.
An image circulating on social media showed three bodies lying on the floor of the mosques, which showed minor damage. The explosion comes on the second day of a three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban and Afghan government. This ceasefire was for the Eid-al-Fitr, which follows the fasting month of Ramadan.
Just this week the last of the US troops left southern Kandahar Air Base, while some NATO troops still remained. At the war’s peak, more than 30,000 US troops were stationed in Kandahar, the Taliban heartland. Kandahar was the second-largest US base in Afghanistan after Bagram north of the Afghan capital.