A huge explosion ripped through a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province. Sources say at least 60 people have been killed in the blast.
On Friday, an explosion broke through the Sayed Abad mosque in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province. It reportedly happened when locals attended the Shiite mosque for Friday prayers.
#newDeadly blast at Shiite mosque in Kunduz Local sources in Khanabad, Kunduz, have confirmed that the deadly blast took place inside a Shiite mosque. So far there is no information on the exact number of injured in the explosion.# آماج_نیوزpic.twitter.com/7wB4TtlLrE
Unconfirmed videos of a disturbing nature is shown to show dozens of bodies scattered across the floor of the mosque.
Details of the explosion of the Shiite mosque in Kunduz: The images to Amaj News show major damage as a result of this explosion. Witnesses told Amaj that nearly 100 people had died as a result of the blast.# آماج_نیوزpic.twitter.com/EgK5RKJyUJ
Afghanistan’s TOLOnews said local officials had confirmed the blast but could not provide further information on the cause or damage. Reports indicate that dozens of people have died.
Aamaj News Agency, quoting witnesses, said as many as 100 people had died in the blast. A Taliban official said the blast was caused by a suicide bombing and noted that the death toll had risen to at least 60.
“This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our Shiite compatriots in the Khan Abad district of Bandar, the capital of Kunduz province.” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid sa in a statement on Twitter, confirming that many had died and others were injured. He stated that special units had arrived at the scene and investigated.
The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) later claimed responsibility for the blast.
After taking control of the country in August, Afghanistan’s new Taliban government has been fighting to neutralize the ISIS-affiliated group, Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISIS-K). The group has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks, including a suicide bombing outside Kabul airport in August that killed 13 US soldiers, dozens of Taliban members and more than 160 Afghan civilians.
On Tuesday, the Taliban said its fighters captured 11 members of ISIS-K in Kabul, just a day after another raid reportedly wiped out an ISIS-K cell in the city. The offensive came in response to the bombing of the Eid Gah Mosque, the capital’s second largest worship service, on Sunday.