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Blast at Shi'ite mosque in Afghan city of Kandahar causes heavy casualties [View all]

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Source: Reuters

KABUL, Oct 15 (Reuters) - A large explosion tore through a Shi'ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers, killing at least 33 people and wounding 73, officials said, the second massive attack in a week targeting worshippers from the minority sect.

A local reporter in Kandahar told Reuters that eyewitnesses had described three suicide attackers, one of whom blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque with the two others detonating their devices inside the building.
A health official gave figures of 33 dead and 73 wounded and said the final total could be higher. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Interior ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti of the ruling Taliban movement said authorities were collecting details.

The blast took place just days after an attack claimed by Islamic State militants, which killed scores of Shi'ite worshippers at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz. The full death toll from that attack has been estimated as high as 80.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/blast-hits-mosque-afghan-city-kandahar-heavy-casualties-officials-2021-10-15/

And also BBC report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58925863

More than 30 people are dead and 90 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 show shattered windows and bodies lying on the ground and other worshippers trying to help.
Witnesses described three bombers to local media, who detonated devices at the main door and inside the mosque.
No group has said it carried out the attack, but 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 blasts.

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