An Afghan government official says a bomb blast occurred inside a mosque in western Kabul during Friday prayers has killed at least four people, including an imam, and injured eight others.
Police cordoned off the area and assisted in transporting the injured to nearby hospitals by ambulance.
No one has immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a mosque earlier this month.
The imam of the mosque killed in the blast was one of the city’s leading religious leaders.
Violence has escalated in Afghanistan in recent weeks. Earlier this month, ISIS blew up a popular mosque in Kabul’s Green Zone, killing imams and worshipers.
The United States has blamed ISIS for a deadly attack on a hospital in the capital last month that killed 24 people, including two newborns and several new mothers.
The hospital was located in the city’s Shiite-majority Dasht-e-Barchi area.
ISIS has declared war on the country’s minority Shia Muslims but has also attacked Sunni Muslim mosques, including the mosque that was bombed today.
ISIS also claimed responsibility for a May 30 attack on a bus carrying journalists in Kabul that killed two people.
It also claimed responsibility for an attack on the last rites of a government official last month that killed 35 people.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmai Khalilzad was in Afghanistan earlier this week.
His goal was to try to restore the US peace deal with the Taliban, which is expected to lead to an alliance in the fight against ISIS.
The February peace deal includes the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s pledge to fight terrorism, under which the Taliban will not allow Afghanistan to be used to attack the United States or its allies. ۔
Washington has previously said that the Taliban, along with Afghan national security and defence forces and US airstrikes, have been instrumental in reducing ISIS’s power in eastern Afghanistan.