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1 dead, at least 3 injured in suicide bomb attack at mosque compound in Kabul

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a large mosque compound near a high-security diplomatic district in Kabul on Tuesday, government officials said. At least three people were injured in the blast.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack

Afghan police arrive at the site of a bombing in a mosque in Kabul on Tuesday. Tariq Arian, spokesperson for the Afghan Interior Ministry, says the attack took place inside the compound of the Wazir Akber Khan Mosque. (Rahmat Gul/The Associated Press)

A bomb exploded inside a mosque in Afghanistan's capital on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding three others, including the mosque's prayer leader, an Afghan official said.

Tariq Arian, spokesperson for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said the bomb targeted the Wazir Akber Khan Mosque in Kabul at around 7:25 p.m. local time, when worshipers had gathered for evening prayers.

Mullah Mohammad Ayaz Neyazi was among those wounded in the attack, said Arian.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State group has been active in Kabul in recent weeks and has in the past carried out attacks inside mosques in Afghanistan.

Taliban insurgents have never carried out an attack inside of a mosque.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a roadside bomb attack against a bus belonging to a local TV station in Kabul on Saturday, killing two employees of the station.

Attacks against worshippers have increased in Afghanistan: last month, an unknown number of attackers stormed a mosque in northern Parwan province, killing 11 worshipers and wounding several others.

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