Deadly attack at Afghan mosque: IS claims responsibility
Published: 09:04 AM, 9 October 2021
The Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern city of Kunduz during Friday prayers, that killed at least 50 people.
In a statement released on its Telegram channels on Friday, the group said an ISIS-K suicide bomber “detonated an explosive vest amid a crowd” of Shia worshippers who had gathered inside the mosque.
IS-K, the Afghan regional affiliate of the IS group that is violently opposed to the governing Taliban, has carried out several bombings recently, largely in the east of the country.
An IS suicide bomber reportedly detonated an explosive vest as worshippers gathered inside the mosque for Friday prayers.
Local security officials were quoted by Tolo News as saying that more than 300 people were attending the prayers when the attack happened.
There are fears that the death toll will rise further.
The Friday's attack is the deadliest assault since US forces left.
The United Nations said Friday's bombing was a "third deadly attack this week apparently targeting a religious institution" and was part of a "disturbing pattern of violence".
The UN referred to Sunday's bombing near a mosque in the capital Kabul that left several people dead, and an assault on a madrassa (educational institution) in the eastern city of Khost on Wednesday.