Blast at Shia Mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Leaves 32 Dead

A large explosion hit Shia mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday prayers, killing 32 people and wounding over 50.

Witnesses said double explosion at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar during Friday prayers has left multiple casualties.

The cause of the blasts have not been confirmed but it is thought to have been a suicide bombing.

Reacting to the blasts, Taliban’s Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti said “A number of our compatriots were killed and wounded in today’s explosion at the Imam Bargah Shiite Mosque in Kandahar.”

He said Taliban special forces were present at the site of the blasts and that the perpetrators would be punished.

Earlier on October 8, suspected to have been carried out by a suicide bomber, a deadly explosion in the provincial capital of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan during Friday prayers in a Shia Muslim mosque killed at least 50 people and injured 150 others.

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