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Taliban official: No less than 100 useless, wounded in Afghan blast

Kabul: A blast went off Friday at a mosque filled with Shiite Muslim worshippers in northern Afghanistan, killing or wounding a minimum of 100 folks, a Taliban police official stated.

There was no speedy declare of duty for the blast, which befell in Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province, however militants from the Islamic State group have an extended historical past of attacking Afghanistan’s Shiite minority.

 

Dost Mohammad Obaida, the deputy police chief for Kunduz province, stated that the “majority of them have been killed,” in reference to the victims. He stated the assault could have been carried out by a suicide bomber who had mingled among the many worshipers contained in the mosque.

“I guarantee our Shiite brothers that the Taliban are ready to make sure their security,” Obaida stated, including that an investigation was underway.

If confirmed, a dying toll of dozens could be the best since U.S. and NATO forces left Afghanistan on the finish of August and the Taliban took management of the nation. The Taliban have been focused in a sequence of lethal assaults by rival IS militants, together with capturing ambushes and an explosion at a mosque within the capital of Kabul.

 

The Kunduz explosion went off in the course of the weekly Friday prayer service on the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque. The Friday midday prayer is the spotlight of the Muslim spiritual week, and mosques are usually crowded. Witness Ali Reza stated he was praying on the time of the explosion and reported seeing many casualties.

Images and video from the scene confirmed rescuers carrying a physique wrapped in a blanket from the mosque to an ambulance. The steps on the entrance of the mosque had been coated in blood. Particles from the blast coated the ground and the mosque’s lofty ceiling was charred black.

 

A resident of the world, Hussaindad Rezayee, stated he rushed to the mosque as quickly because the explosion went off. “I used to be busy at dwelling doing building work, and when the prayers began, the explosion occurred,” he said. “I came to look for my relatives, the mosque was full.”

Earlier Friday, the chief Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated the Shiite mosque was the goal and {that a} “massive quantity” of worshippers had been killed and wounded. He stated Taliban particular forces had arrived to the scene and had been investigating the incident.

 

The Taliban management has been grappling with a rising menace from the native Islamic State affiliate, referred to as the Islamic State in Khorasan. IS militants have ramped up assaults to focus on their rivals, together with two latest lethal bombings in Kabul.

IS has additionally declared warfare on Afghanistan’s minority Shiites and has taken duty for a few of the worst assaults focusing on the neighborhood, together with assaults on their mosques in Kabul and the western province of Herat.

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan condemned Friday’s assault, saying it was “a part of a disturbing sample of violence” focusing on spiritual establishments.

 

Beforehand, IS had claimed a bombing on Sunday outdoors Kabul’s Eid Gah Mosque that killed a minimum of 5 civilians. One other assault on a madrassa, a spiritual faculty, in Khost province on Wednesday was not claimed.

The native Islamic State affiliate additionally claimed duty for the horrific August 26 bombing that killed a minimum of 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. navy personnel outdoors the Kabul airport within the remaining days of the chaotic American pullout from Afghanistan.

Because the U.S. pullout, IS assaults have been largely in jap Afghanistan — the regional base for the IS affiliate — and in Kabul.

 

In northern Kunduz province, ethnic Hazaras, who’re largely Shiites, make up about 6% of the province’s inhabitants of almost 1 million folks. The province additionally has a big ethnic Uzbek inhabitants that has been focused for recruitment by the IS, which is carefully aligned with the militant Islamic Motion of Uzbekistan.

Friday’s assault, if claimed by IS, will even be worrying for Afghanistan’s northern Central Asian neighbors and Russia, which has been courting the Taliban for years as an ally towards the creeping IS within the area.

 

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