Tehran(IP)- The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, called the terrorist attack on the worshipers of Gazergah Mosque in Herat, Afghanistan, regrettable and strongly condemned it.

Iran PressIran news: Expressing concern over the continuation of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, emphasized that Iran would stand by Afghanistan and its oppressed people in the fight against the ominous phenomenon of extremism, terrorism, and violence.

While offering his condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist attack, the speaker prayed to God for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Hours ago, an explosion tore through a crowded mosque in western Afghanistan, killing at least tens of people, including prominent cleric  Mujib-ul Rahman Ansari, Taliban officials said.

The blast went off in the Guzargah Mosque in the western city of Herat during Friday noon prayers, the highlight of the Muslim religious week when places of worship are particularly crowded.

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The explosion killed Mujib-ul Rahman Ansari, a prominent cleric who was known across Afghanistan for his criticism of Afghanistan’s Western-backed governments over the past two decades. Ansari was seen as close to the Taliban, who seized control over the country a year ago as foreign forces withdrew.

His death was confirmed by the chief Taliban Spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.


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