Kabul: At least five people were killed and 65 injured in an explosion that took place at a mosque in northern Afghanistan city of Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday afternoon, news agency Reuters reported quoting a local Talibani commander as saying.
Based on initial figures of Ghousuddin Anwari, head of the Abu Ali Sina-e-Balkhi District Hospital, at least 5 people have died and 65 were injured in a blast at a mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif, Tolo News reported.
Based on initial figures of Ghousuddin Anwari, head of the Abu Ali Sina-e-Balkhi District Hospital, at least 5 people have died and 65 were injured in a blast at a mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif.#TOLOnews
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On the other hand, spokesman for the provincial health authority Zia Zendani said that over five people had been killed and more than 50 were critically injured the blast. While speaking to the news agency resident of Mazar-e-Sharif said she was shopping with her sister in a nearby market when she heard a large explosion and saw smoke rising from the area around the mosque.
#Breaking : At least 18 people have been killed and 30 injured in a blast occurred at a shia Muslim mosque of Seh Dokan, MazarSharif city Balkh Province Afghanistan. Local Reports#Afghanistan #mazarsharif
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“The glass of the shops was broken and it was very crowded and everyone started to run,” the woman, who declined to be named, said.
Reacting to the incident, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We condemn all terrorist attacks such as the one in Afghanistan. We are looking at the developments there.”
No group has claimed responsibility of the attack. It is noteworthy that the Shi’ite community that is a religious minority group in Afghanistan has often been on target of Sunni militant groups, including Islamic State.
The explosion took place two days after suicide bombings took place outside a secondary school in Dasht-e-Barchi – a Hazara Shia neighbourhood in Kabul leaving more than 30 dead and hundreds injured. The April 19 blasts took place at the time when students were coming out of their morning classes at the Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in the capital city of Afghanistan.
“Three blasts have taken place – in a high school, there are some casualties to our Shia people. The explosions occurred in the main exit of Abdul Rahim Shahid School, where crowds of students were there, one teacher told me who surprisingly escaped the attack,” news agency IANS had quoted Khalid Zadran, the spokesman of Kabul police as saying.
Soon after taking over Afghanistan in August last year, Taliban rulers have claimed to have secured the country, but international community say militant groups, especially ISIS-K, have been successful in discrediting that claim. ISIS-K has claimed several attacks and bombing that have taken place in Afghanistan ever since Taliban took over the country.