Breaking: At least 33 people killed in suicide bombing at Afghan mosque

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The explosion struck during Friday prayers

 

More than 30 people are dead and 90 injured as an explosion hit the Biba Fatima mosque in Kandahar. The suspected suicide bombing comes after last Friday’s similar attack in Kunduz. Witnesses heard three blasts, with one coming from the area in which worshippers wash ready for prayer. The Shia mosque was conducting its busiest prayer meeting of the week. 

While last weeks bombing has been claimed by the Islamic State, the responsibility for today’s attack has not yet been clarified. BBC Afghanistan correspondent Secunder Kermani says that IS-K, a local branch of the Islamic State Group, is expected to say it was behind the attack.

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At least 15 ambulances were at the scene shortly after the explosion and the local hospital is asking young people to come forward to give blood. Pictures shared on social media showed the devastation of the explosion, with several people lying motionless on the floor.  

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan after foreign forces withdrew from the country at the end of August following a deal agreed with the US.

It came two decades after US forces had removed the militants from power in 2001.


 


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