A bomb blast outside the main mosque in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul has killed at least two people and injured scores of others, the Taliban said.
The attack on Sunday took place during a protest against the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The bombing at the entrance of the Eid Gah Mosque is seen as the first major offensive in Kabul since a suicide bombing has killed US 13 members and many Afghans at the airport during a national evacuation in late August.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, however ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K), which operates in Afghanistan, said it was responsible for the August suicide bombing. In the past few weeks, the group has also taken credit for a series of explosions east of the town of Nangarhar, the Journal said.
ISIS-K believes that the Taliban are the enemy of not taking another Islamic protectionist tradition.
Taliban members could be seen talking to drivers and searching in a car near the mosque, according to the Journal.
An Interior Ministry spokesman told The Washington Post that officials are investigating the type of bomb and warned that the number of casualties is increasing.
A deputy Taliban spokesman told the Post that none of the group’s soldiers had been killed, noting that civilians had been killed and injured.
The international community is worried that the country could become a restaurant from the US when it withdrew its troops ahead of their August 31 appointment.
– Edited by 1:34 pm