At least 100 people were killed or injured in a massive explosion at a mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunduz, a Taliban police official said on Friday.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter: “This afternoon, an explosion occurred at a mosque of our Shia compatriot … resulting in the martyrdom and wounding of many of our compatriots.” View to check.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Friday’s attack is the deadliest in the country since US and NATO troops left Afghanistan in late August and the Taliban took control of the country.
On Fridays, large numbers of Muslim worshipers gather in mosques to offer Friday prayers, the most prominent Islamic observance of the week.
The blast took place at the Gujar-e-Saeed Abad Mosque in Kunduz city, where eyewitnesses said they saw several casualties.
Video footage on social media showed widespread destruction inside the mosque and bodies of people or killed and injured worshipers being pulled out of the building.
The Mujahid said a Shia mosque was targeted and a large number of worshipers were killed and injured. He said Taliban special forces have reached the spot and are investigating the incident.
Another mosque in Kabul has been targeted in recent weeks, with Taliban officials blaming the Islamic State organization.
The Shia minority in Afghanistan has traditionally been a target for Islamic extremists who regard them as heretics.
The Taliban have faced major security challenges since coming to power in August. The main threat stems from the IS-K organization, which the Taliban have said will come under control and campaign against the group’s cells in Kabul.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International in August accused the Taliban themselves of massacre and brutally torturing several members of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /