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At least 32 dead in Kandahar mosque blast

Published October 15, 2021 - Dawn News paper
An inside view of the blast-hit mosque in Kandahar in which at least 16 people lost their lives. — Picture via Ayesha Tanzeem/Twitter
An inside view of the blast-hit mosque in Kandahar in which at least 16 people lost their lives.

At least 32 people were killed and 53 wounded when an explosion hit a Shia mosque in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday.

“Thirty-two bodies and 53 wounded people have been brought to our hospital so far,” the medic in the southern city's central hospital said.

The cause of the blasts was not immediately identified, but it came exactly a week after a suicide bomb attack on Shia worshippers in the northern city of Kunduz, that was claimed by the militant Islamic State group.

The explosion caused heavy casualties, Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti said.

Khosti said authorities were collecting details of the explosion.

“We are saddened to learn that an explosion took place in a mosque of the Shia brotherhood in the first district of Kandahar city in which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” he said in a tweet.

“Special forces of the Islamic Emirate have arrived in the area to determine the nature of the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Photographs posted by journalists on social media showed many people apparently dead or seriously wounded on the floor of the mosque.


Another witness said three blasts rocked the mosque in the centre of the town during Friday prayers.


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