The UAE condemns the terrorist bombing of a mosque in Kabul

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The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the terrorist bombing that targeted a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, which resulted in a number of deaths in addition to injuring dozens of worshipers.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation reaffirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability and is contrary to humanitarian values ​​and principles.

The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the friendly Afghan people and to the families and families of the victims of this heinous crime, and its wishes for a speedy recovery to all the wounded.

While Afghan officials and a health source said a powerful explosion hit a mosque in western Kabul during Friday prayers, killing at least 66 and wounding 78. An imam in a mosque said a powerful explosion took place after Friday prayers, the latest in a series of attacks on civilian targets in the country during the month of Ramadan.

For his part, Interior Ministry spokesman Bismillah Habib said the blast was aimed at the Khalifa Sahib mosque in western Kabul shortly after Friday prayers. The attack came as worshipers gathered at their mosque after Friday prayers for a dhikr circle.

witnesses

Syed Fadel Agha, the imam of the mosque, said someone believed to be a suicide bomber joined them in the ritual and detonated explosives.

“Black smoke rose and spread everywhere, and corpses were everywhere,” he added, explaining that his nephews were among the dead. “I survived, but I lost my loved ones,” he said. A resident of the area, Muhammad Saber, stated that he saw injured people being transported in ambulances. “The explosion was so loud that I thought I lost my hearing,” he added. For his part, a health source stated that hospitals received 66 corpses and 78 wounded, and sources indicated that the death toll would rise.

critical cases

The emergency hospital in central Kabul said it treated 21 injured people and that two had died on arrival. A nurse at another hospital, who asked not to be identified, said the hospital received 49 injured people and about five bodies. He added that ten of the wounded were in critical condition and that the fire brigade had received about 20. Dozens of Afghan civilians were killed in recent weeks in explosions claimed by ISIS, some of whom were responsible. Yesterday’s attack took place on the last Friday of Ramadan, days before the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Two bombs exploded in two passenger cars in Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, killing at least nine people. On April 22, an explosion ripped through a mosque during Friday prayers in Kunduz, killing 33 people.

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