Suicide attack after Eid prayers kills 7 in Afghanistan

Story highlights

  • The blast takes place as residents leave a mosque after Eid prayers
  • 15 others are wounded
  • Officials blame the Taliban
A suicide attack near a mosque in northern Afghanistan killed at least seven people Sunday, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the interior ministry said.
The blast took place in Baghlan province as residents left a mosque after Eid prayers, said ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi.
Fifteen others were wounded, Sediqi said.
Police arrested a second would-be suicide bomber, he said.
No one immediately claimed responsibility, but officials said the Taliban was behind the attack.
"Our preliminary investigation shows that this attack was carried out by the Taliban," Sediqi said. "We strongly condemn this terrorist act, on one of the holy days for Muslims."
Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the Muslim prophet Ibraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God, is one of two major holidays in Islam.
The other, Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.