A doctor says three dead and 12 others injured as Taliban officials confirm the explosion at the mosque in the Spin Ghar area.
An explosion hit a mosque in the Spin Ghar area of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, injuring at least 12 people, according to Taliban residents and officials.
An unnamed Taliban official told the new AFP agency that the blast caused deaths and injuries. “I can confirm an explosion during Friday prayers inside a mosque in the Spin Ghar district,” the official said.
Qari Hanif, the government spokesman for Nangarhar province, said the bomb appeared to have been planted in the mosque.
Atal Shinwari, a resident of the area, told Reuters the blast occurred around 1:30 pm local time, when explosives apparently located inside the mosque exploded. Another resident provided a similar report.
A local hospital doctor told AFP that at least three people were killed. However, Al Jazeera could not independently verify the budget.
The Islamic State in Khorasan province, ISKP (ISIS-K) – an affiliate of the ISIL armed group (ISIS) – has claimed responsibility for a series of bloody attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power in August.
At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 injured in an ISKP attack on a military hospital in Kabul in early November.
More than 120 people were killed in attacks claimed by ISKP earlier this year against two mosques frequented by the Hazara ethnic minority community.