KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A blast in a mosque in southern Afghanistan killed and wounded greater than a dozen folks throughout Friday Prayer, residents stated, the second such assault on a Shiite place of worship on successive Fridays within the nation.
The assault, which eyewitnesses stated concerned a number of blasts, came about in Kandahar metropolis — thought-about the center of the re-established Taliban authorities. And although no group claimed accountability for the explosions, the Islamic State stated it was behind an analogous strike on a Shiite mosque in Kunduz Province, within the northern a part of the nation, on Oct. 8 that killed greater than 40 folks.
“It was onerous to depend the casualties — however I noticed greater than seven useless and round 13 to fifteen had been severely injured, stated Mohammad Ali, a worshiper on the mosque who witnessed Friday’s blast.
“We don’t know if it was a suicide bomber or an I.E.D. — but it surely was highly effective, human flesh and blood had been seen throughout the mosque,” he stated, referring to an improvised explosive system.
A physician at Mirwais hospital in Kandahar, one of many foremost medical amenities in Kandahar, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, stated the toll was far higher, saying there have been no less than 40 useless from three completely different blasts on the mosque.
Mr. Ali stated the Taliban arrived shortly after the assault and cordoned off the realm. The insurgents-turned-rulers have highlighted their skill to offer safety to Afghan residents following the collapse of the western-backed authorities in August.
However that pledge has change into more and more troublesome to uphold as Taliban fighters are actually answerable for securing main city facilities resembling Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest metropolis, and the nation’s capital, Kabul.
The Islamic State Khorasan, also referred to as ISIS-Okay, has lengthy had a presence in Afghanistan’s east however has not often attacked within the nation’s south.
If the assault was certainly carried out by the terrorist group it might characterize a major show of the Islamic State’s newly established attain because it launches its reinvigorated marketing campaign of violence in opposition to the folks of Afghanistan.
ISIS-Okay is a Sunni extremist group that has lengthy focused Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan, focusing closely on the Hazara ethnic minority, very similar to it did in final week’s assault in Kunduz.
Taimoor Shah reported from Kandahar, and Thomas Gibbons-Neff from Kabul.