ISIS CLAIMS SUICIDE BLAST THAT KILLS AROUND 60 PEOPLE IN AFGHAN MOSQUE

A suicide bomber attacked a Mosque located in the Kunduz province in Northeastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing worshippers during a Friday prayer. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed over 50 people mostly belonging to the Shi’ia community, which is a minority in the Sunni majority country. Health Officials later updated that the death toll could be up to 80. The attack is the third one happening in a religious institution this week. Disturbing videos later released show dead bodies of worshippers lying amongst the debris of the mosque and rescue operations going around. A witness said he “couldn’t believe” how many bodies he carried to the hospital as there was a shortage of ambulances, “Why is this happening to Muslims? May Allah help us all”, he lamented.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter, “This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our Shia compatriots… as a result of which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded”.

The attack has shown the immense security challenges the newly formed Taliban Government is facing as the threat from ISIS is increasing. Taliban has been carrying out security operations against the ISIS cells in Kabul.

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