At least 100 people have been killed and wounded in a mosque explosion targeting the Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan on Friday. The blast occurred in Kunduz province of northern Afghanistan. This is the bloodiest assault since US forces left the country.
Though no one claimed responsibility for the blast, the Islamic State militants have a long history of attacking Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan.
Matiullah Rohani, director of culture and information in Kunduz for Afghanistan's new Taliban government, confirmed to media that the deadly incident was a suicide attack.
According to the residents of Kunduz, the blast hit a Shiite mosque at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque during Friday prayers, the most important of the week for Muslims. The death toll is likely to increase.
Videos and photos on social media appear to show panic-stricken people searching the destroyed mosque and moving a worshipper’s body from the gruesome scene to an ambulance.
Photographs, which surfaced on social media, showed plumes of smoke rising into the air over Kunduz. Photographs of several bloodied bodies lying on the floor also surfaced on social media.
Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said special forces had arrived to the scene and were investigating the incident.