About 100 people were killed and injured in a suicide bombing that took place today (Friday) during Friday prayers at a mosque in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunduz, the UN delegation said in a statement.
The deputy chief of local police said that “most of the people in the mosque were killed. Apparently it was a suicide bomber who caused the attack.” A Taliban spokesman said: “Special forces of the organization have arrived at the scene and opened an investigation.”
Eminallah, an eyewitness to his brother in the mosque, told AFP that “immediately after hearing the explosion I called my brother but he did not answer. I quickly went to the mosque and found him lying on the floor weak and injured.” Another eyewitness said that “it was a very scary incident. Many of our neighbors were killed or injured, including a 16.year.old girl. Another neighbor in his 20s was killed as well.”
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So far, no organization has taken responsibility for carrying out the attack, which comes after several terrorist attacks in recent weeks. The latest attack took place last Sunday, during which five people and 11 others were injured in an explosion at a mosque in the capital Kabul during a ceremony in memory of the Taliban spokesman’s mother. Hours later, the organization announced that its fighters had eliminated an ISIS terrorist cell in response.
The mosque, which was the target of the terrorist attack, is used by the country’s Shiite Muslim community, which makes up only about 19% of Afghanistan’s population, some of whom belong to the Zara, an ethnic group that has been persecuted by the country for decades. In October 2017, 56 people were killed and 55 injured in an ISIS attack on a Shiite mosque, and in May this year, about 58 people, mostly young girls, were killed in a series of attacks near schools in the capital, Kabul.