Presidential Palace (ARG) on Friday condemned the attack on Al-Zahra Mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi area in Kabul’s PD6 that according to sources killed at least six people and wounded 10 others.
However, an eyewitness, Baqer, told TOLOnews on Friday that seven people including Kabul businessman Ramazan Husainzada were killed and 18 others were wounded in the attack which according to him was carried out by two suicide bombers.
The Ministry of Interior said hours after the incident that four people including a police officer were killed and 10 others were wounded in the attack.
The Presidential Palace called the attack heinous and said the insurgents continue to target mosques and political gatherings in order to fuel ethnic and political rifts among the people.
The statement said such “heinous acts” will not damage the unity among the Afghan people.
According to the statement, President Ashraf Ghani has directed the senior deputy minister of interior for security, Gen. Murad Ali Murad, and the NDS chief Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai to take stern security measures for the safety of burial and funeral ceremonies of the victims.
The president has also directed security agencies to accelerate their efforts for maintaining the safety of religious places across the country.
Ghani commended the “bravery and courage” of the security forces in stopping the attack on the mosque, the statement said.
The chief executive Abdullah Abdullah also condemned the attack and called it an unforgivable act.
“Attack on praying Muslims inside a mosque in the holy month of Ramadan is against faiths, religions and beliefs. I condemn this enemy act. I thank and praise our security forces for their bravery and courage they showcased to destroy enemies and save our citizens,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Former president Hamid Karzai in a statement condemned the bombing and said such attacks are being plotted outside the country.