Afghanistan: Kandahar mosque explosion kills more than 30

It is the second week operating that an assault has focused Friday prayers at a Shia mosque. The majority of Afghans observe Sunni Islam.

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“Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan officials in Kandahar have said, 32 people lost their lives and more than 68 others were wounded after three back-to-back explosions occurred inside Imam Bargah mosque (Shia) in first Police District of Kandahar city this afternoon,” Bakhtar News Agency stated on Twitter.
The incident happened during Friday prayers.

The terror group ISIS-Ok claimed accountability for the assault, in response to a press release launched by the group’s media wing, Amaq.

The Amaq assertion claimed that two “Islamic State fighters,” Anas al-Khrasani and Abu Ali Al-Blushi, entered via the safety gate of the mosque after killing the guards and blew themselves up amongst the worshippers.

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CNN can not independently confirm the authenticity of those claims.

ISIS-Ok additionally claimed accountability for an October 8 suicide bombing at a Shia mosque within the northern Afghan metropolis of Kunduz that killed 46 individuals, in addition to for one more assault a number of days earlier on a mosque in central Kabul.

“Terrorism continues in Afghanistan with at least 30 killed, scores injured, in suicide attack at Kandahar’s largest Shia mosque,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated of Friday’s assault.

The UN “condemns (the) latest atrocity targeting a religious institution & worshippers. Those responsible need to be held to account,” the mission added on Twitter.

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid additionally condemned the incident in a press release, and stated the perpetrators can be “brought to justice.”

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People react near the scene after the explosion.

ISIS-Ok has launched a series of assaults because the Taliban seized management of Afghanistan two months in the past. Others embrace a suicide assault at Kabul’s airport in August and a spate of bombings concentrating on members of the Taliban within the japanese Afghan metropolis of Jalalabad.

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