Afghanistan: In the video of the incident, bodies were scattered in the mosque courtyard, blood stains were visible on the ground. People were shouting in fear and shock.
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of western Afghanistan city of herat A chief believed to be close to the Taliban in the bombing of a crowded mosque in cleric Including at least 18 people died while 23 others were injured. Taliban officials and a local medical worker gave this information. He said the blast occurred during Friday afternoon prayers at the Gujargah mosque in Herat city when there was a large crowd.
In the video of the scene, bodies were scattered in the mosque courtyard, blood stains were visible on the ground. People were shouting in fear and shock. Mujeeb-ul Rehman Ansari, who was a prominent cleric, also died in this blast. Ansari was known throughout Afghanistan for his criticism of Western-backed governments in Afghanistan over the past two decades.
Mullah Baradar was meeting
Ansari is considered close to the Taliban, which took control of the country’s power last year after foreign forces withdrew. Taliban’s chief spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed Ansari’s death in the blast. Just before the blast, Ansari was holding a meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy prime minister of the visiting Taliban government in Herat, in another part of the city. Condoling the death of the cleric, a colleague of Baradar tweeted that he had gone to the mosque for prayers.
21 people have been injured
Mohamed Daoud Mohammadi, an official at the Herat Ambulance Center, said that 18 dead and 21 injured were brought to the hospital by ambulance. No one immediately claimed responsibility for Friday’s blast. Last month, a pro-Taliban cleric was targeted and killed in a bombing at a mosque in the capital Kabul. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Islamic State group. Ansari was a longtime cleric at the Gujargah mosque in Herat and is mainly visited by Sunni Muslims to offer prayers. Sunni Muslims are dominant in Afghanistan and they also dominate the Taliban regime.