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2 said dead, 3 wounded in Kabul blast

A Taliban fighter (left) stands guard as Afghan medical staff members wait at the entrance of a hospital to receive the victims of an explosion in Kabul, on October 3, 2021. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP)
A Taliban fighter (left) stands guard as Afghan medical staff members wait at the entrance of a hospital to receive the victims of an explosion in Kabul, on October 3, 2021. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP)

Initial information shows that two civilians have been killed and three wounded in a blast near the entrance to the large Eid Gah Mosque in Kabul, according to Qari Sayed Khosti, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says on Twitter that “a number of civilians” have died.

A prayer ceremony for Mujahid’s mother, who died last week, was being held at the mosque, the spokesman wrote on social media yesterday, adding that “all people and friends are invited to attend.”

Ahmadullah, a shopkeeper nearby, tells AFP: “I heard the sound of an explosion near the Eid Gah Mosque followed by guns firing. Just ahead of the blast, the Taliban had blocked the road to hold a prayer ceremony for Zabihullah Mujahid’s mother in the Eid Gah Mosque.”

Ambulances carrying the wounded are seen rushing towards Kabul’s Emergency Hospital in the Shahr-e Naw area.

The hospital says on Twitter that four patients are being treated.

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