A leader of ISIS-K has been arrested after the Kabul mosque bombing as the jihadis’
fighters blew themselves up in a battle with the Taliban.
The bomb targeted the sprawling Eidgah Mosque, where a memorial service was
being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, killing
a number of civilians.
The Eid Gah mosque in the capital, spokesman Bilal Karimi said. The blast killed two
and injured three others, although other reports suggested all five had died.
While no organization had taken responsibility for the attack — the worst in
Afghanistan since the chaotic exit of US troops in August — government forces later
raided an ISIS-K cell and killed all the terrorists connected to it, the group revealed.
“A special unit … carried out an operation against ISIS insurgents,” tweeted chief
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
As a result of this operation, which was very decisive and successful, the ISIS center
was completely destroyed and all the ISIS members in it were killed,” he said, without
elaborating on the exact number of fatalities.
The group gave no further details on the raid in the northern Kabul neighborhood of
Khair Khana, including whether any Taliban troops were injured or killed in the
Local media had reported heavy clashes in the area and residents said they heard
explosions and gunfire during the night.
Other authorities, however, said the mosque entrance was being prepared Sunday for
a slate of public executions for those convicted of kidnappings and murders.
While no group has claimed responsibility for the bomb, suspicion quickly fell on the
local ISIS affiliate, which has ramped up attacks against its Taliban enemy —
including the suicide blast that killed 13 US service members as well as 169 Afghans.