A large explosion has occurred in a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. The non-governmental organization Emergency said that the explosion occurred during prayers on Wednesday evening.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion shook the windows of nearby buildings.

Three people were killed and many others were injured in the blast. Local media quoted Kabul police spokesman Khalid Zadran as saying that the imam of the mosque was among the dead. News BBC.

However, many casualties are expected.

The blast came a week after the killing of a prominent pro-Taliban religious leader. However, no one has claimed responsibility in this incident so far.

Religious leader Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani was killed in a suicide bombing a few weeks ago. The so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The members of the security forces reached the mosque area immediately after the explosion in the mosque on Wednesday.

At the time, Italy-based NGO Emergency reported three deaths. The agency, which operates in Kabul, later tweeted that another 27 people had been injured, including five children.

A Taliban intelligence official told Reuters that 35 people may have been wounded or killed. This number may increase.

The BBC’s Chief International Correspondent Lise Doucet wrote that many people were inside the mosque at the time of the incident.

A spokesperson of the Taliban strongly condemned the incident.