CM – Kandahar: 32 dead, 53 injured in explosion in Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan

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The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear, but it occurred a week after a suicide attack on Shiite believers in a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz, alleged by the Islamic State group

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Kandahar: At least 32 people were killed and 53 others injured during Friday prayers in a Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear, but they occurred for a week after a suicide attack on Shiite believers in a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz, alleged by the Islamic State group.

A doctor from the city’s central Mirwais hospital told AFP: « So far, 32 bodies have been left and 53 have been wounded Taken to our hospital. « 

Other medical sources and a provincial official confirmed a number greater than 30, and at least 15 ambulances rushed to and from the crime scene.

An eyewitness told AFP he heard three explosions, one at the main entrance of the mosque, another in a southern area and a third where the faithful wash before their prayers.

Another witness also said that it was nd of Friday prayers, the busiest congregation of the week, three explosions shook the mosque in the center of the city.

« We are sad to learn that an explosion has taken place in a mosque of the Shiite Brotherhood in the first district of Kandahar city who tortured and wounded a number of our compatriots, « tweeted Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti of the Taliban movement that rules Afghanistan. » Special forces from the Islamic Emirates have arrived in the region to investigate the nature of the incident investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice. « 

Graphics published on social media that could not be checked immediately showed corpses lying on the floor of the Fatemieh Mosque.

A target last Friday Suicide bomber of the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) on a Shiite mosque in Kunduz and killed numerous people.

The group, a bitter rival de r Sunni Islamist movement Taliban, confessed to attacking Shiite believers, whom it regards as heretics.

The Taliban, who took control of Afghanistan in mid-August after overthrowing the US-backed government, have theirs own history of the persecution of Shiites.

But the new Taliban-led government has promised to stabilize the country and, after the attack in Kunduz, promised to protect the Shiite minority now under their rule.

Shiites make up about 10 percent of the Afghan population. Many of them are Hazara, an ethnic group that has been persecuted in Afghanistan for decades.

In October 2017, an IS suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in western Kabul, killing 56 people and injuring 55.


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