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Taliban target Islamic State hideout after weekend bombing


Taliban fighters at the entrance of the Eidgah Mosque after the explosion on Oct. 3, 2021. Associated Press/Photo by Felipe Dana

Taliban target Islamic State hideout after weekend bombing

Taliban fighters raided an Islamic State operations center in the northern Kabul neighborhood of Khair Khana, according to a Monday statement. The Taliban said it killed several of the insurgents but did not clarify. The crackdown came hours after a deadly Sunday bombing in Kabul blamed on the Islamic State.

What transpired during the attack? A roadside bomb went off outside the Eidgah Mosque doing a memorial service for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. At least five people died in the deadliest attack since the U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan in August. The Taliban detained three people amid an ongoing investigation. The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the Aug. 26 bombing that left 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. military staffers dead outside the airport in Kabul.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report about how veterans and aid workers are responding to Taliban rule.


Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.

@onize_ohiks

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