Kabul: As many as 50 died while several others left injured in a deadly blast that struck a mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz after Friday prayer today, a senior Taliban official and witnesses said.
“This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our Shiite compatriots in the Khan Abad district of Bandar, the capital of Kunduz province, as a result of which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Muhajid said.
Dozens of casualties have been reported by local media.
Residents in Kunduz – the capital of a province of the same name – told media that the blast hit a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, the most important of the week.
Graphic images shared on social media, which could not immediately be verified, showed several bloodied bodies lying on the floor. Another video showed men shepherding people, including women and children, away from the scene.
An employee of an international aid group was among the injured, a source said.