Debris covers the ground at a mosque after a bomb explosion in Shakar Dara district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, May 14, 2021. A bomb ripped through a mosque in northern Kabul during Friday prayers killing 12 worshippers, Afghan police said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL-(MaraviPost)-At least 12 people including the mosque’s Imam were killed and 15 others were wounded following an explosion at a mosque in Afghan capital Kabul.

The spokesperson for the Kabul police, Ferdous Faramarz confirmed the news of the tragedy.

Faramarz disclosed that the explosion went off when prayers had begun at the mosque and the initial police investigation suggests that the imam, Mofti Noman may have been the primary target.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack and the Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid has denied any involvement in Friday’s mosque attack.

The explosion comes as the militants of Taliban and government security forces are observing a three-day cease-fire during the Eid al-Fitr festival starting from Thursday, AP reported.

The blast also came less than a week after an explosion at a school killed 80 people, most of them schoolgirls from the ethnic Hazara Shi’ite Muslim minority.

U.S. officials believe the attacks may have been the work of a rival militant group such as Islamic State.

Last year, the United States signed a deal with the Taliban that sets the stage to end America’s longest war that had been ongoing for nearly two decades.

However, US missed the May 1 deadline for withdrawing the fighters from the region and extended it to September 11, a move which angered the Taliban.

The government and the Taliban have been holding political talks to try to end their conflict but both sides have accused the other of provoking and failing to halt attacks against civilians.

In recent years, the capital city has been targeted by the Taliban insurgents and militants of the Islamic state (IS) group killing several civilians including government officials.

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