Kabul: Explosion hits mosque in Afghan capital, police say

Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief, told CNN that the blast did cause casualties, but did not elaborate.

The incident occurred in the 17th police station of the city, security forces are working on the spot, he added.

The Health Organization Emergency later confirmed that at least three people had died.

“After today’s explosion, we have admitted 27 patients to our Surgical Center for War Victims in Kabul, including five minors, one of whom is a seven-year-old boy,” Stefano Sozza, director of emergency services in Afghanistan, told CNN.

“Two patients arrived dead, one died in the intensive care unit,” he said.

“In the month of August alone, we dealt with six mass wounds in our hospital, with a total of almost 80 patients. Throughout the year, we continued to receive gunshot wounds, shrapnel wounds, stab wounds, and casualties from mines and IEDs on a daily basis. The country is suffering from the consequences of a very protracted conflict that has undermined its future,” he added.

Bilal Karimi, the Taliban’s deputy spokesman, condemned the explosion in a tweet Wednesday night.

“Killers of civilians and those who have committed similar crimes will soon be caught and punished for their actions, God willing,” wrote Karimi.

This is an evolving story and will be updated.

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