Taliban Destroyed An IS Cell In Kabul, Just Hours After A Mosque Bombed In Afghan Capital

The Taliban destroyed an Islamic State cell in Kabul on Monday, according to news agency AFP, hours after a blast killed many people outside a mosque in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Sunday.

Taliban Destroyed An IS Cell In Kabul, Just Hours After A Mosque Bombed In Afghan Capital
Taliban Destroyed An IS Cell In Kabul, Just Hours After A Mosque Bombed In Afghan Capital

The fighters carried out the operation in the north of Kabul on Sunday evening, according to Taliban main spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid. “The IS centre was demolished and all the IS members in it were killed as a result of the operation, which was very decisive and successful,” Mujahid tweeted.

When the Taliban carried out the operation in Kabul, several witnesses and AFP journalists heard gunshots and explosions. Special forces of the Islamic Emirate targeted at least three apartments in his neighbourhood, according to Abdul Rahaman, a resident of the capital city who works for the government. The combat lasted for hours, he added. 

The bombing in Kabul on Sunday resulted in at least five deaths and 11 injuries. Inside the Eid Gah mosque, people were having a memorial service for Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's mother, who had died the week before. Citing initial inputs, Mujahid said on Monday that those responsible for the blast right outside the mosque might have been Daesh-linked groups.

A government cultural commission official, on the condition of anonymity, told AFP that three people were arrested in connection with the blast. The explosive planted at the entrance of the mosque detonated as people were leaving the premises after offering condolences to Mujahid and his family, the official added.

Meanwhile, a witness at the mosque told the news agency that a single suicide bomber was responsible for the attack. According to the witness, a group of Taliban men who were inside the mosque grounds came under fire following the explosion and suffered two casualties. 

He further stated that due to the commotion following the explosion, two Taliban groups mistakenly opened fire on each other. However, Qari Sayed Khosti, a spokesman for the interior ministry, rejected the allegations of shooting.