A Secular Turf War Is Breaking Out In Kabul

Kabul Afghanistan

A mosque in Kabul was struck by an explosion during evening prayers, killing three people and wounding dozens of others.

A powerful explosion was heard in a northern Kabul neighborhood, shattering windows in nearby buildings and leaving casualties. Police did not give a toll, but said the blast had casualties.

The mosque’s imam was among those killed, and the toll could still rise, a source inside the Kabul Police said.

Despite the Taliban’s assertion that they have brought security to the nation, armed groups have regularly attacked the country.

The Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISIS-K, has claimed responsibility for several attacks.

Last week, Taliban officials said that a prominent Taliban religious leader, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in a bombing attack at a seminary in Kabul. The ISIL (ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility for that attack.

In June, another group known as ISKP claimed responsibility for an attack on a Sikh temple that killed two and wounded many.

A year after the ‘de facto’ Taliban government took over in Kabul, Afghanistan’s country may end up very splintered along clan lines.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Kabul: Explosion hits mosque in Afghan capital, police say  CNN
  2. Many feared dead, including prominent cleric, after bombing at mosque in Kabul  CBS News
  3. Several killed in explosion at mosque in Kabul  Al Jazeera English
  4. Huge explosion hits Kabul mosque, many casualties feared  Reuters
  5. Many feared dead after huge explosion rips through Kabul mosque  The Guardian
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