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At least 33 killed in Afghanistan mosque blast: Taliban spokesman – Times of India

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At least 33 killed in Afghanistan mosque blast: Taliban spokesman – Times of India


KUNDUZ: A blast ripped through a mosque during Friday prayers in northern Afghanistan and killed 33 people, a Taliban spokesman said.
“The blast occurred at a mosque in Imam Sahib district of Kunduz killing 33 civilians including children,” government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
The blast hit Mawlavi Sikandar mosque north of Kunduz city, provincial police spokesman Obaidullah Abedi told AFP.
Images posted to social media which could not be immediately verified showed holes blown through the walls of the mosque.
“The people had gathered to worship in the mosque, and a blast happened,” an eyewitness also told AFP over the phone. “There were a lot of casualties, around 30 to 40 people were injured and killed.”
It comes a day after the Islamic State group claimed a bomb attack at a Shiite mosque in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif that killed at least 12 worshippers and left 58 people injured.
They also claimed a separate attack in Kunduz city, which killed four people and wounded 18.
Earlier on Friday the Taliban authorities said they had arrested the IS “mastermind” of Thursday’s bombing at the mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif.
Since Taliban fighters seized control of Afghanistan last year after ousting the US-backed government, the number of bombings has fallen but the jihadist and Sunni IS has continued with attacks — often against Shiite targets.
Taliban officials insist their forces have defeated IS, but analysts say the jihadist group is a key security challenge.





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