bomb attack in a Sunni mosque situated in kunduz, Afghanistan
Kunduz Mosque: Officials claim a bomb attack on a Sunni mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz killed 33 people and injured 43 others, including children. The attack on the Mawlawi Sekandar Mosque in the northern city is the second in as many days. It comes after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for four strikes throughout Afghanistan on Thursday (IS).
Although the Taliban claim to have beaten ISIS, the group continues to pose a significant security threat to Afghanistan’s new leadership. No one has claimed responsibility for the incident in Kunduz on Friday, which occurred as believers gathered to pray. The blast was similar to the one that ripped through a Shia Muslim mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, killing at least 31 people and injuring 87 more.
IS admitted to the assaults on Thursday, saying they were part of a global campaign to “avenge” the deaths of its former leader and spokesman. Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan last August, following the withdrawal of US and other Western soldiers after 20 years in the country, bomb attacks have decreased significantly. Sunni extremists, especially IS, have, nonetheless, continued to target members of the Hazara Shia population whom they regard as heretics. They also go after the Taliban, with whom they have a long-standing feud.
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