Kabul. Terrorist group Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) has claimed responsibility for the mosque bombings in Afghanistan. A bomb exploded on Friday at a mosque full of Shia Muslim worshippers in northern Afghanistan. At least 46 people were killed and dozens were injured in the attack. The IS-affiliated Amaq news agency reported this claim hours after the blast occurred during afternoon prayers at a mosque in Kunduz province. Let us tell you that the Islamic State Khorasan itself attacked the Kabul airport in the last week of August.
In a statement released on its Telegram channels, the jihadist group – an ally of the Islamic State (ISIS) – said its suicide bomber targeted a crowd of Shia Muslims who had gathered inside a mosque. The attacker was wearing a vest fitted with an explosives.
What is the reason for the attack?
In its claim, IS identified the suicide bomber as a Uighur Muslim and said the attack targeted both Shias and the Taliban, who are obstructing China to meet Uighurs’ demands. Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi told the Associated Press that 46 worshipers were killed and 143 were injured. He said that the investigation of the matter is going on.
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Why was Shia targeted?
Islamic State group militants have a long history of attacking Afghanistan’s Shia Muslim minority. Those targeted on Friday belonged to the Hazara community, which has long been a victim of discrimination in the Sunni-majority country. The attack follows the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan in late August and the Taliban’s occupation of the country.
explosion during prayer
The blast during Friday prayers at the Gojar-e-Sayed Abad mosque comes at a time when the Taliban are trying to tighten their grip on power and pose a new security challenge. Witness Ali Reza said he was offering prayers at the time of the blast and saw several casualties. Photos and videos from the scene show rescue workers carrying blanketed bodies from the mosque to ambulances. (with language input)
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