The attack on the mosque in the Spinghar district of eastern Nangarhar province sparked strong reactions from diplomatic missions as well as top Afghan leaders.
On Friday a blast took place inside a mosque during the Friday prayers in Spinghar. Two people were killed and 17 others were wounded, according to local officials.
“Extremely saddened by another brutal attack on worshippers at a Friday prayer in the mosque in Spinhgar district of Nangahar” said Ambassador von Brandt, ambassador and head of the delegation of the EU to Afghanistan. “Our heartfelt thoughts are with all affected. Afghans deserve peace and non-violence.”
Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. Karzai said in a statement that the “terrorist” act of targeting the people was against Islamic and humanitarian values.
“Karzai condemned the attack in the Shadal area of Spinghar district that inflicted casualties on some of our citizens,” the statement said.
Zabiullah Mujahid, deputy minister of information and culture, said that three suspected perpetrators were arrested on charges of involvement in the attack. “These criminals will be treated based on Islamic regulations and Sharia,” he said.
The Pakistan ambassador in Kabul, Mansoor Ahmad Khan also in a tweet condemned the attack.
“Strongly condemn the terrorist attack at a mosque in SpinGhar (Nangarhar) in which lives have been lost and many people have been injured. Deepest condolences. Our sympathies and support with the bereaved families,” he said.