A top pro-Taliban religious leader was killed in a mosque blast

A large explosion has occurred in one of the country’s largest mosques in Herat, Afghanistan. The mosque’s imam and a top pro-Taliban religious leader were killed in the explosion on Friday. Many others were injured in this incident. News from AFP.
Citing Tolo News, AFP reported that Imam Mujib-ur Rahman Ansari was killed in an explosion at Gazargah Mosque shortly before the start of Friday prayers.

Several pictures posted on social media show bloodied bodies scattered around the mosque. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ansari, a pro-Taliban religious leader, is known for his fiery speeches. “If anyone does the slightest thing against our Islamic government, he will be beheaded,” he told a gathering of religious leaders in Kabul in July.

On August 17, 20 people were killed in a bomb attack on a mosque in the capital, Kabul. The imam of that mosque, Mullah Amir Mohammad Kabuli, was among the dead.

A week earlier, the Taliban’s influential religious leader, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in a suicide bombing at a madrasa in Kabul. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.