Afghanistan: Kandahar mosque explosion kills more than 30

It is the 2nd week running that an attack has actually targeted Friday prayers at a Shia mosque. Most of Afghans practice Sunni Islam.

“Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan officials in Kandahar have said, 32 people lost their lives and more than 68 others were wounded after three back-to-back explosions occurred inside Imam Bargah mosque (Shia) in first Police District of Kandahar city this afternoon,” Bakhtar News Company stated on Twitter.
The incident happened during Friday prayers.

The fear group ISIS-K declared duty for the attack, according to a declaration launched by the group’s media wing, Amaq.

The Amaq declaration declared that 2 “Islamic State fighters,” Anas al-Khrasani and Abu Ali Al-Blushi, got in through the security gate of the mosque after eliminating the guards and blew themselves up among the worshippers.

CNN cannot individually confirm the credibility of these claims.

ISIS-K likewise declared duty for an October 8 suicide battle at a Shia mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that eliminated 46 individuals, along with for another attack numerous days previously on a mosque in main Kabul.

“Terrorism continues in Afghanistan with at least 30 killed, scores injured, in suicide attack at Kandahar’s largest Shia mosque,” the United Nations Help Objective in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated of Friday’s attack.

The UN “condemns (the) latest atrocity targeting a religious institution & worshippers. Those responsible need to be held to account,” the objective included on Twitter.

Taliban representative Zabiullah Mujahid likewise condemned the occurrence in a declaration, and stated the criminals would be “brought to justice.”

People react near the scene after the explosion.

ISIS-K has actually released a series of attacks considering that the Taliban took control of Afghanistan 2 months earlier. Others consist of a suicide attack at Kabul’s airport in August and a wave of battles targeting members of the Taliban in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.