The Taliban caught in their own trap: Explosion kills Mujeeb Rahman Ansari and 18 others

According to the Taliban’s Ministry of Interior, 18 people were killed and 23 others were injured in an explosion at the Gazargah mosque in Herat.

Abdul Nafe Takor, the spokesperson for the Taliban’s Ministry of Interior, told the media on Friday that the incident took place on September 02, 2022, before the Friday prayer in Herat’s Gazargah Mosque.

“Unfortunately, 18 of our compatriots, including Maulvi Mujib Rahman Ansari, were martyred in the Herat event, and 23 others were injured.” Takor stated in his media statement.

In a message to the media, Taliban Herat governor spokesman Hamidullah Matawakel revealed that Mujib Rahman Ansari’s brother Habib Rahman Ansari was killed in this incident.

The Taliban and its sympathizers are being targeted by bombings in the same way that the Taliban used to organize against supporters of the previous government.

Rahimullah Haqqani, a key member of the Taliban group’s Haqqani network and one of the Taliban’s clerics, was recently killed in an explosion in the Madrasa where he was teaching on August 11, 2022.

In the most recent case, on August 17, 2022, an explosion took place at the Sediq Akbar Mosque in Kotel-e-Khairkhana Kabul, killing the mosque’s imam, Amir Muhammad Kabuli, along with 21 worshipers and injuring 23 others.

Mujib Rahman Ansari was a staunch supporter of Taliban regime in Afghanistan and a severe opponent of the previous Republic administration.

He recently gave a fatwa during a big assembly of Mullahs held by the Taliban in Kabul’s Loya Jirga tent that anyone who opposes the Taliban regime should be “beheaded.”

His comments sparked numerous replies on social media.

This incident occurred while Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister, was in Herat this morning for an economic discussion, and he had already met with Mujeeb Rahman Ansari.