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At least three dead, several injured in Afghan mosque explosion

The explosion occurred in Spin Gear district in the eastern province, a hotbed of activity for the Islamic State group since the Taliban came to power in August. At least three people were killed, and 15 others injured on Friday after a bomb exploded at a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan province, a Taliban spokesperson said.

The explosion occurred in the Spin Gear district of the Eastern Province, a hotbed of activity for ISIS since the Taliban came to power in August. “I can confirm an explosion during Friday prayers inside a mosque in Spin Gear district. There are casualties and deaths,” a Taliban official told AFP news agency.

The Afghan branch of the Islamic State group has been waging a campaign of violence in Kandahar province since the Taliban returned to power. The group, which first appeared in Kandahar in 2015, claimed responsibility for a series of bloody attacks in Afghanistan.

One of the latest, in early November, saw IS fighters raiding the Kabul National Military Hospital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 50. More than 120 people were killed in IS attacks across the country. Two popular mosques among the ethnic minority of the Hazard community. The Taliban claimed to have launched a counterinsurgency campaign, vowing to quell the ISIS threat.

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