An explosion outside a mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat killed a senior pro-Taliban cleric and civilians on Friday, police said.
“Mujib Rahman Ansari, along with some of his guards and civilians, were killed on their way to the mosque,” Herat police spokesman Mahmood Rasoli said.
Rasoli did not specify the number of casualties caused by the explosion.
According to reports, the militant wing of the Islamic State in Khorasan (IS-K) took responsibility for the explosion.
Al Jazeera Media Network, citing unnamed sources, said 14 people were killed.
Mujib Rahman Ansari came out strongly in defense of the Taliban at a large rally of thousands of scholars and elders organized by the group in late June, condemning anyone who opposes their administration.
The Taliban say it has improved security in the country since taking power about a year ago, but there have been several explosions in recent months, some of them targeting mosques that are busy during prayers.
According to an Afghan journalist, the explosion caused a “large” number of victims.
Video — After the explosion of the Gezargah mosque in Herat.
The losses of this explosion are very high.
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afghan news agency TOLO news said Ansari was killed at the Guzargah mosque where he was the imam. No official statement has been made by the Taliban government in place.