Many parts of the Imam Zaman Mosque in the north of Kabul were badly damaged in a coordinated attack by militants on Friday afternoon – killing over 30 people and wounding 80 others, according to sources.
The eyewitnesses and survivors said the worshippers were brutally murdered by the attackers affiliated to Daesh.
TOLOnews’ Karim Amini says the attackers got out of a car in front of the mosque and first attacked a police force member, who was deployed to protect the mosque.
After entering the mosque, the attackers separated and one of them went to the second floor where women were busy praying. The attackers then took the women hostage.
According to survivors, some of the women were shot dead while others died from knife wounds.
“When I escaped out of the mosque, the firing intensified, and we saw that people were lying on each other and there were many dead and wounded on the ground. Women were screaming and it was a Karbala,” said a survivor.
“The attackers threw a grenade inside the mosque. Those who were escaping were shot dead,” said another survivor.
Men were praying on the first floor, Karim said. They had two doors to escape from on the first floor of the mosque.
Some of the men escaped but others were caught up in the attack and tried to hide in different places inside the mosque.
The last attacker detonated his explosives close to the first floor when his ammunition ran out.
“Down with this bloody government, down with this puppet government. The attackers came in a Land Cruiser and went back with that,” said a relative of the victims.
Copies of the Holy Quran and other religious books were also burned in the attack.