KANDAHAR: A suicide bomber attacked a mosque within the Afghan metropolis of Kandahar throughout Friday prayers, killing at the very least 33 folks and injuring 74 others, Taliban officers stated.
The assault got here only a week after a suicide assault on worshippers at a mosque within the northern metropolis of Kunduz, which was claimed by the Daesh.
There has not but been any declare of accountability for the assault in Kandahar, the religious heartland of the Taliban.
“Our preliminary data reveals it was a suicide bomber who blew himself up contained in the mosque. We’ve got launched an investigation to seek out out extra,” a neighborhood Taliban official instructed AFP on situation of anonymity.
A health care provider on the metropolis’s central Mirwais hospital instructed AFP: “Thirty-two our bodies and 53 wounded folks have been delivered to our hospital to this point.”
Different medical sources and a provincial official confirmed a toll of greater than 30, and at the very least 15 ambulances had been dashing to and from the scene.
The mosque’s Fb account made an enchantment for blood donations.
An eyewitness instructed AFP he heard three explosions, one on the predominant door of the mosque, one other at a southern space, and a 3rd the place worshippers wash earlier than their prayers.
One other witness additionally stated that three blasts rocked the mosque within the centre of the city throughout Friday prayers, the busiest congregation of the week.
“We’re saddened to study that an explosion befell in a mosque of the Shiite brotherhood within the first district of Kandahar metropolis through which numerous our compatriots had been martyred and wounded,” tweeted inside ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti, of the Taliban motion that guidelines Afghanistan.
“Particular forces of the Islamic Emirate have arrived within the space to find out the character of the incident and produce the perpetrators to justice.”
Graphic photographs posted to social media, which couldn’t be instantly verified, confirmed our bodies mendacity on the ground of the Fatemieh mosque.
Final Friday, a Daesh-Khorasan suicide bomber focused a mosque in Kunduz, killing scores of individuals.
The group, a bitter rival of the Taliban, claimed accountability for the assaults towards the worshippers, whom it regards as heretics.
However the brand new Taliban-led authorities has vowed to stabilise the nation, and within the wake of the Kunduz assault promised to guard the minorities now residing underneath its rule.