The mosque bombing in Afghanistan leaves at least 15 wounded, says the Taliban – National

A spokesman for the Taliban province said a bomb had exploded in a mosque during Friday prayers, injuring at least 15 people in eastern Afghanistan, where Islamic State militants are campaigning.

Qari Hanif, government spokesman for Nangarhar province, said the bomb appeared to have been planted inside the mosque in the town of Traili, located in the mountainous Spin Ghar area outside the provincial capital of Jalalabad.

Pictures taken by a resident and circulated on social media showed three dead bodies, and the interior of the mosque strewn with rubble and broken glass. Hanif did not immediately confirm any deaths.

It was the third major mosque bombing in five weeks in Afghanistan. The earlier attacks came in succession on Fridays last month, when IS suicide bombers and armed men blew up worshipers from Afghanistan’s Shiite Muslim minority, first in a mosque in the city of Kunduz, then one in the southern city of Kandahar.

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Friday’s bombing was aimed at Sunni Muslims in a province that has been a front line in the fight between Islamic State and the Taliban. IS militants have carried out shootings and bomb attacks on Taliban fighters in Nangarhar province almost daily.

Since coming to power in Afghanistan three months ago, the Taliban has waged a rebel campaign and promised to put an end to the IS threat.


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IS is an enemy of the Taliban. The two groups share a harsh interpretation of Islam and have over the years engaged in some of the same violent tactics, such as suicide bombings. However, the Taliban have focused on seizing control of Afghanistan while IS adheres to global jihad.

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On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Taliban’s intelligence service told reporters in Kabul that the agency has arrested close to 600 IS members, including key figures and financial backers. The spokesman, Khalil Hamraz, said at least 33 IS members had been killed in shootouts with Taliban security forces.

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