The United Nations on Monday condemned the attack on a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul near the place where the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihulá Mujahid was buried.
“The United Nations in Afghanistan condemned the attack on Sunday against people who took part in an event at a religious location in Kabul,” said the United Nations Aid Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a message on its Twitter account .
It has shown that “the explosion near the entrance to the Eid-Gah mosque left several dead and wounded” without any sense of responsibility for the attack at the moment.
Bilal Karimi, a Taliban spokesman, said Monday that the event resulted in two deaths after sources in the group pointed to ten deaths during the day on Sunday. He has also stated that three suspects have been arrested, according to German news agency DPA.
Mujahid himself announced on Monday the “destruction” of a cell belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group in Kabul, without indicating whether there was any connection between the operation and the attack on Sunday. He emphasized that the operation was “very successful and decisive”.
The Islamic State stressed on September 19 that it was behind a series of attacks in Nangarhar province (east) against Taliban troops that had claimed at least 25 deaths, although the new Afghan authorities refused to give concrete numbers.
The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August after entering Kabul shortly after the then President Ashraf Ghani had fled and international troops had withdrawn from the Asian country. The Islamic State regards the Taliban as traitors to the orthodoxy of “Sharia” or Islamic law and defends a much harsher interpretation.