Wednesday, December 8, 2021

37 killed, 70 injured as blasts hit Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

In Afghanistan, at least 37 people were killed and 70 others injured after three explosions tore through a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Afghan city of Kandahar. Pictures from inside the Bibi Fatima mosque showed shattered windows and bodies lying on the ground, while other worshippers try to help.

A local reporter quoted by Reuters News Agency said eyewitnesses described three suicide attackers.  One detonated their device at the door of the mosque, with two more setting off theirs inside the building.

Friday prayers are the busiest congregation of the week, and the building was full of worshippers at the time. An AFP journalist said, at least 15 ambulances were at the scene afterward.

Taliban special forces have secured the site and have asked people to donate blood to help the victims.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but this blast occurred a week after a suicide attack on Shiite worshippers at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz that was claimed by the Islamic State group.

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