Afghan mosque targeted during prayers, many casualties reported

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Afghan mosque targeted during prayers, many casualties reported

A powerful explosion left multiple casualties inside a Shiite mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz during Friday prayers, according to a senior Taliban official and witnesses.

The cause of the blast at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque was not immediately clear.

Witness Ali Reza, who was praying at the mosque, reported seeing many casualties after the explosion.

Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a “large number” of worshipers were killed and wounded.

He said Taliban special forces responded to the scene and were investigating the incident.

Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti confirmed the blast to Agence France-Presse, without giving details.

The blast appeared to leave the mosque with extensive damage.
The blast appeared to leave the mosque with extensive damage.
AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil
mosque following a bombing in Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan
The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil

The Taliban, which took over control of the war-torn country in August, have been grappling with a growing threat from the local Islamic State affiliate, known as ISIS-K.

The ISIS militants have ramped up attacks to target their rivals, including two deadly bombings in Kabul.

The terror group also targeted Afghanistan’s religious minorities in attacks.

People carry the body of a victim following a bombing in Kunduz province
Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a “large number” of worshipers were killed and wounded.
AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil

With Post wires

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