Radical Pro-Taliban Cleric Mawlawi Ansari Dead in Herat Explosion

Friday, 09/02/2022

Taliban Police Command in Herat said that Mawlawi Mujib-ur Rahman Ansari has been killed in a suicide attack at Herat's Gazargah Mosque.

Ansari was on his way to the mosque to offer Friday prayers, and a suicide bomber blew himself up while greeting him, the command confirmed.

According to the local Taliban officials, Ansari’s companions have also been killed.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson of the Taliban, also confirmed that Ansari was targeted while performing Friday prayers.

The Taliban police in Herat, however, did not mention the exact number of casualties.

According to local sources, Ansari's brother and 13 of his bodyguards are also among the dead.

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