Imam killed, 16 wounded in Kabul mosque blast
[DAWN] A prominent Afghan religious scholar was killed and another 16 people maimed in a blast during Friday prayers at a Kabul mosque, officials said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the kaboom, which took place at the al-Taqwa mosque in eastern Kabul, where Maulvi Samiullah Rehan had been the imam, or prayer leader.
Friday prayers, especially during Ramazan, are usually well attended. The kaboom took place around 1:20 pm. No one immediately grabbed credit for the blast.
"Unfortunately in the blast, Maulvi Rehan has been martyred and 16 other worshippers were maimed," said Nasrat Rahimi, front man for the interior ministry.
Police front man Firdaus Faramarz confirmed to AFP that Rehan was killed and said Sherlocks were probing the nature of the kaboom.
Local television channel Tolo said the kaboom was caused by a bomb.
Rehan was relatively well known in Kabul, as he appeared frequently on religious shows broadcast on local TV.
While Kabul has seen frequent attacks on Shia shrines and gatherings, particularly by the Death Eater Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not
group's Afghanistan affiliate, Rehan was a Sunni imam.
Rehan's Facebook page showed him standing alongside members of the Afghan cops.
Raihan was a well-known religious scholar who was answering people’s questions through media programs.
He also was a supporter to Afghan security forces and in his preaches were praising the Afghan soldiers for defending the people and the country.
The statement said the explosion happened at Taqwa Mosque in Paktia Kot area in Kabul.
Eyewitnesses said another person was also killed in the explosion.
He was also a member of the National Ulema Council, Afghanistan's top Moslem holy manal body.
Firdaws Faramarz, a police front man, said explosives were apparently placed near the altar of the al-Taqwa mosque, a place used by the mosque leader to initiate the prayers.
Posted by: Fred 2019-05-25