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Imam among 12 dead as blast strikes Afghan mosque amid Eid ceasefire

At least 12 worshippers, including the imam, are dead after a blast at a mosque in Kabul province during the Eid-ul Fitr festival, the province’s police said on Friday.

At least 12 worshippers, including the imam, are dead after a blast at a mosque in Kabul province during the Eid-ul Fitr festival, the province’s police said on Friday.

The explosion took place as the country was enjoying a three-day ceasefire announced by the Taliban militants in honour of the festival. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident as of yet.

According to Kabul police, at least 15 others were wounded in the explosion in the province’s Shakar Dara district.

The imam of the mosque was also among the victims, Kabul police spokesperson Ferdous Faramarz said.

According to the police, the explosives were placed close to the mosque’s altar, but no further details about the attack were disclosed.

The Taliban have offered similar ceasefires in the past, the first in June 2018. The Taliban’s control of Afghanistan was ended by a US-led invasion in 2001.

During the days before this year’s ceasefire, intense fighting was reported in several Afghan provinces.

The Taliban have intensified attacks on provincial capitals, districts, bases, and checkpoints since international troops began to officially withdraw on May 1.

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