Explosion in Afghan mosque leaves 25 dead | News

Some 25 people were reportedly killed in an explosion at a Shiite mosque in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a Taliban official announced, in the second such attack against the minority in three days.

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According to the head of media and culture of Balkh province, Zabihullah Noorani, “Initial reports confirm at least 25 victims” in the attack that targeted one of the largest and oldest mosques in the heart of the city of Mazar. -i-Sharif in Mazar Sharif, the provincial capital.

The mosque consists of 3 floors in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, indicating that the explosion occurred during the noon prayer. The figures for the dead and wounded have been updated since the time of the explosion, although the total number of dead and wounded is expected to reach one hundred, according to local media.



The blast came two days after an explosion ripped through a high school in the Shiite-dominated Hazara district of western Kabul, killing at least six people and wounding 11 others.

There were also reports of explosions in Kabul’s Qambar Square, Kunduz’s Sar-e-Dura and Nangarhar’s Khogyani in the capital. The Interior Ministry said the explosion in Kabul was caused by an explosive device placed in a vase, injuring one person.



Afghanistan has seen occasional attacks, explosions and security incidents since the Taliban seized power in mid-August, while the movement blames most of the attacks on the ISIS terror organization.