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Blast Kills At Least Two At Mosque Near Afghan Interior Ministry


Italian NGO aid group Emergency, which runs a hospital in Kabul, said it received 20 patients from the blast, two of whom were dead on arrival. (file photo)

A blast has hit a mosque in Afghanistan's capital in the vicinity of the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound, Taliban officials said, killing at least two people and wounding 18, according to medics.

"Unfortunately there was an explosion inside a(n) ancillary mosque where some Interior Ministry workers and visitors were praying. Will share the details later," ministry spokesman Abdul Nafy Takor said on Twitter on October 5.

Takor said the mosque was frequently used by employees of the ministry for prayers. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, which is being investigated, he added.

Italian NGO aid group Emergency, which runs a hospital in Kabul, said on Twitter it received 20 patients from the blast, two of whom were dead on arrival.

The blast comes after a suicide bombing on September 30 killed 53 people in a Kabul classroom, including 46 girls and women, according to a UN death toll.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for that attack, which Taliban authorities said claimed only 25 lives.

The Islamic State militant group, which considers Shi'a to be heretics, has carried out several deadly attacks in the same area targeting girls, schools, and mosques.

The hard-core Taliban militant group, which returned to power last year in Afghanistan, has pledged to protect minorities and clamp down on security threats.

However, attacks have ramped up in recent months.

With reporting by AP and AFP
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