At least 50 people were killed and 140 injured in an explosion at a Shi’ite mosque in Kunduz province in northeastern Afghanistan, AFP reported.
The incident happened during a service in Gozar-e-Sayed Abad. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted about “many injuries and deaths among his fellow Shi’ites.”
Numerous photos and videos appeared on social media showing how the local community searches the destroyed mosque and carries the injured to ambulances. A local hospital doctor told the media, asking not to be named, that more than 50 people had been sent to the wards so far. “We received 35 bodies,” he added.
So far, no group has admitted to launching the Friday attack on prayers.
An attack near a mosque in Kabul
Afghanistan under the Taliban regime is facing a growing threat from a detachment of the so-called Islamic State operating in Khorasan. Islamists have recently carried out two attacks, including the funeral of the mother of Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, and Afghanistan’s minister of information and culture since September 7. Eight people were killed in the attack.
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