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At least 1 dead, 5 wounded in attack on mosque in Afghan capital

Kabul, Apr 6 (EFE).- At least one person died and five others were wounded Wednesday in a grenade attack on a mosque in Kabul during prayers in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The incident occurred at the Pul-e Khishti mosque, the largest in the Afghan capital, in which “one civilian died and five others were injured,” a security forces member in the area told EFE.

The interior minister of the Taliban government reported on Twitter that at the moment there is a person arrested in connection with the events and the origin of this attack is already being investigated.

The interior minister of the Taliban government tweeted that at the incident was being investigated and no arrests had been made yet.

So far, no armed group or terrorist cell has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Islamic State group (IS) had claimed responsibility for two of the major suicide bombings at mosques in Afghanistan last year on Oct.8 and Oct.15, killing 80 and 60 people, respectively.

The last attack on a mosque was recorded on Nov.12, in which at least 15 were wounded in a bomb attack in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

The IS has increased attacks on Afghanistan since the final withdrawal of United States troops from the country shortly before midnight on Aug.31.

The deadliest of these attacks was the one on Kabul airport on Aug.26, which left some 170 dead.

The Taliban have launched a series of operations against the IS in several parts of the country in which several dozens of its members have been killed or arrested in at least eight of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

According to experts, the IS has become the biggest security threat to the Taliban government in Afghanistan, and has been responsible for frequent attacks on the Islamists. EFE


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