The 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul airport attack
Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of Taliban, told the Washington Post that “an unfortunate blast” occurred outside the gate of the mosque on the main Kabul Logar highway.
Zabihullah Mujajihd, acting deputy information minister and a key spokesman, confirmed that a blast had taken place at the mosque, where people had gathered at a memorial to honor his mother.
Mujajihd did not share more details of how many people were killed or wounded in the blast.
There has so far been no official claim of responsibility for the attack.
The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, which opposes the Taliban, has in recent weeks claimed responsibility for a series of blasts in the country’s east.
Islamic State in Afghanistan claims responsibility for attacks targeting Taliban
The blasts were mostly around the city of Jalalabad – the capital of the eastern province of Nangahar and known as a stronghold for the Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-K). While both are Islamist groups, ISIS-K accuses the Taliban of not being extreme enough.