KABUL — The Taliban has caught a trio of terrorists behind Sunday’s lethal mosque blast in Kabul — and worn out an ISIS-Ok cell in a “decisive” raid, its management stated early Monday.
The militant Islamic group ruling Afghanistan caught three terrorists who have been behind the bomb on a highway outdoors the Eid Gah mosque within the capital, spokesman Bilal Karimi stated.
The blast killed two and injured three others, Karimi stated, though different reviews prompt all 5 had died.
While no group had taken duty for the assault — the worst in Afghanistan for the reason that chaotic exit of US troops in August — authorities forces later raided an ISIS-Ok cell and killed all of the terrorists related to it, the group revealed.
“As a result of this operation, which was very decisive and successful, the ISIS center was completely destroyed and all the ISIS members in it were killed,” he stated, with out elaborating on the precise variety of fatalities.
The group gave no additional particulars on the raid within the northern Kabul neighborhood of Khair Khana, together with whether or not any Taliban troops have been injured or killed within the operation.
Local media had reported heavy clashes within the space and residents stated they heard explosions and gunfire through the evening.
The mosque blast earlier Sunday got here as Taliban officers had gathered to mourn the passing of Mujahid’s mom. The group has insisted that these killed or injured have been civilians.
Other authorities, nevertheless, stated that the mosque entrance was being ready Sunday for a slate of public executions for these convicted of kidnappings and murders.
While no group has claimed duty for the bomb, suspicion shortly fell on the native ISIS affiliate, which has ramped up assaults in opposition to its Taliban enemy — together with the suicide blast that killed 13 US service members in addition to 169 Afghans.
ISIS reemerged in Afghanistan in 2020 after being weakened by a heavy US bombing marketing campaign directed in opposition to them within the jap a part of the nation in 2019.
They have been blamed for a horrific assault in 2020 on a maternity hospital that killed 24 individuals, together with new child infants. Earlier this 12 months, they have been blamed for a brutal assault on a faculty in Afghanistan’s principally Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi that killed greater than 80 college students.