Kabul: A blast at a Kabul mosque during Friday prayers killed two people, including a prominent Afghan religious scholar, and injured 16 others, officials said.
The bomb at Al-Taqwa mosque in the east of the capital appeared to target Mawlawi Raihan, an imam who appeared frequently on religious shows broadcast on local TV.
President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement condemning the attack, blaming “terrorists”.
They “are justifying their crimes and misinterpreting religious values and teachings by silencing the voice of a brave religious scholar and patriot”, Ghani said.
The explosion took place around 1:20 pm (0850 GMT) during Friday prayers, which in the holy month of Ramadan are usually well attended.
Police spokesman Firdaws Faramarz confirmed Raihan had died in what he said was a blast caused by a standalone bomb.
“It was not a suicide attack,” he said.
While Kabul has seen frequent attacks on Shiite shrines and gatherings — particularly by the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate — Raihan was a Sunni.
His Facebook page features a picture of him standing alongside members of the Afghan security forces.
Nobody claimed responsibility for the blast.