Explosion at Afghan mosque during prayers: Death toll soars 47
Published: 11:33 AM, 16 October 2021 Updated: 02:28 PM, 16 October 2021
The death toll from the explosion that tears through a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Afghan city of Kandahar has climbed to 47. Another 70 people were wounded in the incident.
The explosion took place at the Bibi Fatima Mosque during Friday prayers. The mosque is also known as Imam Bargah Mosque. The Afghan branch of the militant group IS (IS) has claimed the responsibility for Friday’s attack, reports Al Jazeera.
The explosion took place at Kandahar mosque, a week after the similar explosion took place at a Shia mosque in Kunduz in Afghanistan.
Pictures inside the mosque show broken windows and bodies lying on the ground. Many came forward with the help of the wounded lying on the floor.
Witnesses said they heard three explosions at the main entrance to the mosque. The mosque was crowded at the time of the explosion. At least 15 ambulances were seen at the scene. The wounded were taken to the local Mirwais Hospital.
Confirming the matter to Reuters, a hospital health official said the death toll has stood at 47 and 70 people were being treated.
A local journalist in Kandahar told Reuters that eyewitnesses described the attack by “three suicide bombers”. “They said one attacker blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque and two others detonated explosive devices inside the mosque,” he also said.
Earlier, hundreds of people were killed, injured in a bomb blast at a Shia mosque in the northern city of Kunduz during Friday prayers. The militant group Islamic State (IS) later claimed the responsibility for the attack.
IS Khorasan (IS-K), the Afghan branch of the fiercest opposition to the Taliban, is also suspected of carrying out the explosion at a mosque in Kandahar.