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At least 100 dead, injured in Afghan mosque blast


An explosion went off Friday among Shiite Muslim worshipper­s at a mosque in northern Afghanista­n, killing or wounding at least 100 people, a Taliban police official said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibi­lity for the blast, which took place in Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province, but militants from the Islamic State group have a long history of attacking Afghanista­n’s Shiite Muslim minority.

Dost Mohammad Obaida, the deputy police chief for Kunduz province, said that the “majority of them have been killed.” He said the attack may have been carried out by a suicide bomber who mingled among the worshipper­s.

“I assure our Shiite brothers that the Taliban are prepared to ensure their

safety,” Obaida said, adding that an investigat­ion was underway. If confirmed, a death toll of dozens would be the highest since US and NATO forces left Afghanista­n at the end of August and the Taliban took control of the country. The Taliban have been targeted in a series of deadly IS attacks, including shooting ambushes and an explosion at a mosque in the capital of Kabul.

 ?? PHOTO: REUTERS ?? Shoes seen inside a mosque after a blast in Kunduz
PHOTO: REUTERS Shoes seen inside a mosque after a blast in Kunduz

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