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12 killed in mosque attack in Kabul

TWELVE people were killed in Kabul today when a bomb detonated in a mosque in the Afghan capital’s Shakar Dara district.

Police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said that the mosque's imam, Mofti Naiman, was among the dead. Another 15 people were wounded.

The bomb exploded when prayers had begun. No-one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but initial police investigations suggest the imam may have been the target, Mr Faramarz said. It appeared that the explosive device had been hidden inside the pulpit at the front of the mosque.

The Taliban has denied responsibility and accused Afghan intelligence of staging the attack, which took place during an Eid ceasefire between the Islamist militia and the government. A recent terror attack on a girls’ school in the capital that targeted the Shi’ite Hazara community killed more than 90 people and has also been condemned by the Taliban, with many suspecting that Islamic State is responsible.

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