At Least 32 Killed, About 53 Injured in Shia Mosque Blast in Afghanistan's Kandahar, Source Says
09:05 GMT 15.10.2021 (Updated: 12:28 GMT 15.10.2021)
Earlier, at least 46 people were killed and 143 others injured as a result of an explosion in a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz.
A blast in a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar killed at least 32 people and injured at least 53 others on Friday, a source in a local hospital told Sputnik.
The Kandahar mosque blast was staged by four people; three of them were suicide attackers, a source said.
Earlier in the day, the source said that the explosion caused by the suicide attack killed 28 people.
"We are saddened to learn that an explosion took place in a mosque of the Shiite brotherhood in the first district of Kandahar city in which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded. Special forces of the Islamic Emirate have arrived in the area to determine the nature of the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice," Taliban* official Qari Sayed Khosti tweeted.
The blast occurred at the Imam Bargah mosque, according to reports. The Imam Bargah mosque with the capacity of 4,000 worshipers is among the biggest mosques in Kandahar.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The blast came a week after an explosion at another Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's province of Kunduz. At least 46 people were killed and 143 others injured in the blast; the terrorist group Daesh* has claimed responsibility.
*A terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.