Blast hits mosque in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing worshippers

A robust explosion hit a Shiite Muslim mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing or wounding no less than 100 individuals, in accordance with a Taliban official and a United Nations company.

The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed accountability for the blast, which occurred throughout a weekly prayer service in Kunduz, the capital of the province of the identical identify. 

ISIS has a historical past of launching assaults towards the nation’s Shiite Muslim minority.

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If the loss of life toll is confirmed to be within the dozens, it could be the worst assault to hit Afghanistan for the reason that August suicide bombing at Kabul airport as U.S. troops had been withdrawing from the nation.

In a assertion revealed on Twitter, the United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated that “preliminary data signifies greater than 100 individuals killed and injured” within the blast.

“The UN household in #Afghanistan is deeply involved by studies of very excessive casualties” it stated. 

The Kunduz explosion went off through the weekly Friday prayer service on the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque.Abdullah Sahil / AP

Medical doctors With out Borders “carried out a mass casualty plan” for its Kunduz trauma middle, the medical charity’s United Kingdom spokesperson, Dalila Mahdawi, advised NBC Information.

“As of now, 90 wounded and 20 lifeless have been delivered to the hospital and the staff are working tirelessly within the emergency room and working theaters,” she stated.

Mahdawi added that additional casualties had been being acquired on the close by regional hospital.

Dost Mohammad Obaida, deputy police chief for Kunduz province, stated the “majority” of attendees on the prayer service “have been killed,” in accordance with The Related Press.

He stated the assault might have been carried out by a suicide bomber who would have entered the mosque amongst worshippers.  

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

The Friday midday prayer is the spotlight of the week, and mosques are usually crowded.Abdullah Sahil / AP

Witness Ali Reza advised AP he was praying when the blast hit the mosque. He stated he noticed many casualties.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the assault on Twitter. He stated it stood opposite to all human and Islamic ideas and values.

It comes because the Taliban management contends with a rising menace from the Islamic State Khorasan group, or ISIS-Okay

Taliban fighters have been focused in a sequence of lethal assaults by their rival militants, together with capturing ambushes and an explosion at a mosque within the nation’s capital, Kabul.

ISIS has additionally declared struggle on Afghanistan’s minority Shiites and has taken accountability for among the worst assaults concentrating on the neighborhood, together with assaults on their mosques in Kabul and the western province of Herat.

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