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Taliban held a victory rally; Five people were murdered in a mosque blast in Kabul

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On Sunday, Taliban sympathizers and top officials attended their first big demonstration near Kabul, but the event was overshadowed by a bomb blast near a mosque in the Afghan capital. According to Qari Saeed Khosti, a Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman, at least five people were killed in the incident. A citizen of Kabul, Mohammad Israel, says he heard the explosion, ‘‘I heard a loud sound. All the people were running away.’’

According to early reports, the explosion was triggered by a roadside bomb. According to Bilal Karimi, a Taliban spokesman, three individuals have been apprehended. He also stated that the probe was still ongoing. Although their hold on power within the country is strengthening seven weeks after they grabbed the capital, no foreign authority has recognized the Islamist former rebels’ rule.

Following his mother’s recent death, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid indicated on Saturday that a prayer ritual would be performed at the mosque for her. On Sunday, he made no mention of this when he tweeted that the blast had killed civilians in the neighborhood. Khosti said he saw civilians with bloodied garments arriving at the neighbouring Kabul Emergency Hospital.

Taliban fighters who arrived at the hospital surrendered their guns and removed their body armour in order to donate blood, and the hospital announced on Twitter that four patients were being treated. Taliban fighters who arrived at the hospital surrendered their guns and removed their body armour in order to donate blood, and the hospital announced on Twitter that four patients were being treated.

The detonation heard throughout the country, occurred just after the new Taliban “interim government” held a rally just outside the capital, from which they were forced out in 2001 in a US-led operation begun in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. 1,500 men and boys joined a pro-Taliban demonstration in Kohdaman settlement, on the outskirts of the hills of Kabul.

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