Afghanistan: dozens killed in blast at Kandahar mosque

Afghanistan: dozens killed in blast at Kandahar mosque

At least 47 people were killed when a large explosion tore through a Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers.

Over 70 people are wounded, a Taliban official said.

A suicide bomber detonated his vest during Friday prayers at the Fatimeh Imam Bargah Mosque in Kandahar’s heavily populated District 1, eyewitnesses told The National.

“There must have been at least 300 to 400 worshipers inside, including women since this is the largest mosque and a centre for the community,” Ahmad, 29, a regular worshipper at the mosque said.

It came days after a suicide bomb attack claimed by ISIS on a Shiite mosque in the northern city of Kunduz killed 50 worshippers and left more than 100 injured.

“Today, there was also a Fateha prayer meeting being held in the memory of those killed in the Shia mosque attack in Kunduz last week, so the attendance was higher,” Ahmad said.

“The area is also a crowded neighbourhood, and has a large Shia population,” he added.

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