Taliban official: Afghanistan mosque explosion left at least 100 people killed and injured.

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At least 100 people were killed or injured when an explosion occurred amid Shiite Muslim worshipers at a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, according to an Taliban police official.

The explosion occurred in Kunduz, the provincial capital of Kunduz, and no one immediately claimed credit for it. However, Islamic State group militants have a long history of striking Afghanistan’s Shiite Muslim minority.

The majority of them have been slain, according to Dost Mohammad Obaida, the deputy police chief for the province of Kunduz. He claimed that a suicide bomber who blended in with the believers may have carried out the attack.

The Taliban are ready to secure their safety, I assure our Shiite brothers, Obaida added, adding that an inquiry was ongoing.

The number of fatalities, if confirmed, would be the largest since American and NATO forces left Afghanistan at the end of August and the Taliban seized power in the nation. A number of deadly IS operations, including gun ambushes and an explosion at a mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul, have targeted the Taliban.

The Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque’s weekly Friday prayer service was taking place when the explosion occurred. Mosques are generally packed on Friday at noon, which is the main religious event for Muslims. Witness Ali Reza claimed to have been praying when the explosion occurred and to have seen numerous casualties.

Rescuers were seen transporting a body wrapped in a blanket from the mosque to an ambulance in pictures and video taken at the scene. Blood was all over the stairs at the mosque’s entrance.

The Shiite mosque was the objective, according to Zabihullah Mujahid, the principal Taliban spokesman, and numerous worshipers were killed and injured. He claimed that the incident was being looked into by Taliban special forces who had arrived on the area.

The local Islamic State affiliate known as the Islamic State in Khorasan has been posing a rising challenge to the Taliban leadership. Attacks by IS militants against their rivals have increased, including two deadly bombings in Kabul.

Religious minorities in Afghanistan have also been attacked by IS.

In the final days of the chaotic American exit from Afghanistan, the local Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the horrible bombing on August 26 that left at least 169 Afghans and 13 members of the U.S. military dead outside the Kabul airport.

The majority of IS strikes after the U.S. withdrawal have occurred in Kabul and eastern Afghanistan , the location of the IS affiliate’s regional base.

The ethnic Hazara community of Kunduz, which numbers close to a million people and is primarily made up of Shiite Muslims, makes up roughly 6% of the total. The IS, which is closely allied with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, has targeted the province’s sizable ethnic Uzbek population for recruitment.

If IS is behind Friday’s attack, it will also scare Afghanistan’s neighbors in northern Central Asia and Russia, which has been courting the Taliban as a partner against the advancing IS in the region for years.

(Only the report’s headline and image may have been changed by the Business Standard team; all other material was likely created automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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