At least 50 people were killed in an attack on a mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz by a suicide bomber.
At least 50 people were killed Friday in a suicide bomb attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the worst incident since US forces departed the country.
Social media images revealed bodies and rubble inside the mosque after the suicide bomb attack, which was utilized by the minority Shia Muslim population. Several bloodied bodies were laying on the floor, according to graphic photographs published on social media that could not be verified immediately.
Smoke plumes were seen rising into the air over Kunduz in photographs. Another video showed men shepherding people away from the site, including women and children. Crowds of terrified people thronged the streets.
The blast in the northern city injured over 100 people. Hundreds more victims from the minority population were injured in the blast, which has not been claimed but looks to be intended at further destabilizing Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Sunni Muslim extremists, including a local Islamic State group, have targeted the Shia community. Shia Muslims are considered heretics by them. IS-K, the Afghan regional affiliate of the Islamic State organization that is strongly opposed to the ruling Taliban, has recently carried out many attacks, primarily in the country’s east.
Matiullah Rohani, Afghanistan’s new Taliban government’s head of culture and information in Kunduz, acknowledged to AFP that the tragic incident was a suicide bombing. According to a medical source at Kunduz Provincial Facility, 35 people were killed and more than 50 were injured, while a worker at a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital reported 15 people killed and scores more injured.
Local businessman Zalmai Alokzai, who hurried to a hospital to see if doctors needed blood donations, described hectic scenes.
“Ambulances were returning to the event location to transport the dead,” he told the AFP news agency.
Many Afghans thought that the Taliban’s victory would usher in a more peaceful, if authoritarian, age. However, IS poses a huge danger to the Taliban’s promise of increased security.
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