Sunday, December 5, 2021

Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 37

Kabul, Afghanistan – Suicide bombers attacked a Shia mosque full of worshipers attending Friday prayers in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 70, a hospital official and a witness According to.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the massacre at the Fatimiya Mosque in Kandahar Province. It came a week after a bombing claimed to be linked to the local Islamic State killed 46 people at a Shia mosque in northern Afghanistan.

Murtaza, who and like many Afghans go by one name, said he was inside the mosque during the attack and had reported four explosions: two outside and two inside. He said that around 500 people usually come to the mosque for Friday prayers.

Video footage showed corpses scattered on carpets covered in blood, with survivors walking in amazement or crying out in agony.

Officials at a local hospital, who was not authorized to speak to the media, spoke on condition of anonymity.

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The Islamic State group, which, like Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban, is made up of Sunni Muslims, sees Shia Muslims as apostates worthy of death.

IS has claimed several deadliest bombings across the country since the Taliban seized power in August amid the withdrawal of US forces. The group, which also considers the Taliban as an enemy, has targeted Taliban fighters in small attacks.

The Taliban have vowed to restore peace and security after decades of war. Both the Taliban and IS adhere to strict interpretations of Islamic law, but IS is far more radical. It has better branches in Iraq and Syria.

The Taliban have pledged to protect Afghanistan’s Shia minority, which was persecuted during the last period of Taliban rule in the 1990s.

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Akhgar reported from Istanbul.

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