Kabul, Oct 9 : A suicide bomber has targeted a mosque in Afghanistan‘s Kunduz city during Friday prayers, killing at least 55 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
Images on social media showed bodies and debris inside the mosque, used by the minority Shia Muslim community, the BBC reported.
The Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) group claimed responsibility for the suicide attack that hit a Shia mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz, killing at least 55 and wounding dozens, according to news agency AFP.
Sunni Muslim extremists, including the local Islamic State (IS) group, have targeted the Shia community because they consider them to be heretics.
IS-K, the Afghan regional affiliate of IS that is violently opposed to the Taliban, has carried out several bombings recently, largely in the eastern part of the country.
The deputy minister of information and culture, Zabiullah Mujahid, confirmed the incident.
“Today in the afternoon, in the Khanabad Bandar area in the capital city of Kunduz, a blast targeted a mosque belonging to our Shia citizens, which martyred and wounded a number of our compatriots,” he added.
Zalmai Alokzai, a local businessman who rushed to a hospital to check whether doctors needed blood donations, described seeing chaotic scenes.