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Prominent cleric killed in Kabul mosque bombing

Prominent cleric killed in Kabul mosque bombing

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Jun 02, 2020 - 23:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Two people, including Imaminfo-icon of Wazir Akbar Khan’s Mosqueinfo-icon Ayaz Niyazi were killed in a suicide blast inside the mosque in Kabul, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

MoI Spokesperson Tariq Aryan told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast happened inside the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque next to the Green Zone at around 7:30pm during evening prayers.

Another two people were wounded in the attack. Niyazi was first injured in the blast and was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Fazal Mohammad Hussaini, spokesperson for the Ministry of Hajjinfo-icon and Religious Affairs, confirmed the blast and the killing of Niyazi.

President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the killing of Niyazi, a prominent religious cleric, saying that targeting of worship places , hospitals and other civilian facilities represented a crime against humanity.

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