WorldAfghanistan: ISIS-K claims responsibility for attack on Shia mosque in Kunduz

Afghanistan: ISIS-K claims responsibility for attack on Shia mosque in Kunduz


Own report: A suicide bomber struck a Shi’ite mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Friday, killing several worshipers and wounding several others.

A Taliban official says a mosque with Shia Muslim worshipers exploded in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz on Friday. Dost Mohammad Obaida, deputy police chief of Kunduz province, said most of the people killed in the attack. He said the attack may have been carried out by a suicide bomber who was mixed with worshipers inside the mosque. Dost Mohammad Obaida added that he was reassuring Shia brothers in Afghanistan that the Taliban were ready to ensure their safety. At least 49 people were killed and more than 140 were injured in the attack, Matullah Rohani, a Taliban official in Kunduz, told local media.

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This is the second attack on the mosque in just a few days. In this case, the fear of the Hazaras is true that the oppression of the Islamic State against them will increase uncontrollably under the Taliban regime because the Taliban have perpetrated many atrocities on the Hazaras in the past. Hours after the attack, the Islamic State of Khorasan, also known as ISIS-K, claimed responsibility for the attack. It is the group’s biggest blow since a suicide bombing at Kabul International Airport on August 26 killed 160 civilians and 13 U.S. soldiers.

ISIS-K is a Sunni extremist group that has long carried out attacks against Shia Muslims in Afghanistan. They mainly attack thousands of minorities. Hazaras are predominantly Shia. Most of Afghanistan is Sunni, and ethnically Pashtun, and these are the majority of the Taliban. ISIS also carried out an attack outside a mosque in the capital, Kabul, a few days ago, killing several people.

The death toll is the highest since the US and NATO forces withdrew from Afghanistan in late August and the Taliban took control of the country.

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