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At Least Seven Killed, 41 Wounded In Kabul Mosque Blast

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The explosion on September 23 took place in Wazir Akbar Khan, an area that was formerly home to the city's "Green Zone."

At least seven people have been killed and 41 others wounded, including children, in an explosion that occurred near a mosque in Kabul, Taliban officials said.

The explosion on September 23 took place in Wazir Akbar Khan, an area that was formerly home to the city's "Green Zone," the location of many foreign embassies and NATO but which is now controlled by the ruling Taliban.

The blast happened as people were streaming out of afternoon prayers, authorities said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Security forces have cordoned off the area.

"After prayers, when people wanted to come out from the mosque, a blast happened," said Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran. "All casualties are civilians. The exact number is not clear yet."

The explosion was the latest in a deadly series at mosques during Friday Prayers in recent months, some of them claimed by the militant group Islamic State.

In a tweet, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called the Kabul bombing a "bitter reminder of ongoing insecurity and terrorist activity in Afghanistan."

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and TOLOnews

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