A bomb explosion outside a mosque in Herat, western Afghanistan, killed a prominent pro-Taliban cleric and more than a dozen civilians.
According to Al-Jazeera, the explosion occurred at the Guzargah Mosque in Herat during Friday noon prayers.
No organisation or person has taken ownership of the attack.
Herat’s Police Spokesperson, Mahmood Rasoli told newsmen, “Mujib Rahman Ansari, with some of his guards and civilians, have been killed on their way toward the mosque.”
The Police spokesperson declaimed to give the number of casualties involved in the blast, but eyewitnesses at the scene of the incident said 15 people had been killed.
Taliban official Abdul Nafi Takor was also reported to have confirmed Friday’s explosion and said there were dead and wounded but gave no further details.
According to reports, the deceased, Mujib Rahman Ansari had spoken strongly in defence of the Taliban at a large gathering of thousands of scholars and elders organized by the group in late June, condemning anyone who stood against their administration.
Security experts opined that the incident could be a targeted killing.
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