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Afghanistan: 10 killed, over 40 injured in blast at a mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif

The powerful explosion rocked the Shiite Muslim mosque in northern Afghanistan on Thursday killed at least 10 worshippers and injured another 40, according to a hospital official.

Abhro Banerjee Edited by: Abhro Banerjee @AbhroBanerjee1 New Delhi Updated on: April 21, 2022 16:30 IST
At least five people are dead and several others are
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At least five people are dead and several others are injured after a massive blast rocked a mosque in Afghanistan. 

Highlights

  • 10 dead and 40 injured after a blast hits at a mosque in Afghanistan
  • The powerful explosion rocked the Shiite Muslim mosque in northern Afghanistan
  • The explosive went off in the median strip of a road in a western area of Kabul

At least 10 people are feared dead and nearly 40 are reportedly injured after a blast at a mosque in Afghanistan's Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday afternoon, news agency Reuters reported, quoting a local Talibani commander. 

The powerful explosion rocked the Shiite Muslim mosque in northern Afghanistan on Thursday killed at least 10 worshippers and injured another 40, according to a hospital official.

Dr. Ghawsuddin Anwari, head of the main hospital in northern Mazar-e-Sharif, where the explosion occurred, said the dead and wounded were brought in ambulances and private cars.

The explosion at the Sai Doken mosque in northern Mazar-e-Sharif occurred as scores of worshippers knelt in prayer as Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful fast from sunrise to sunset.

Earlier Thursday in the capital, Kabul, a roadside bomb exploded and injured two children. That bomb also targeted the country's minority Shiites.

While no one took responsibility for either attack, the bombings had all the hallmarks of a deadly Islamic State affiliate known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province, or IS-K. 

Kabul police spokesman, Khalid Zadran, said in a tweet that the explosive went off in the median strip of a road in a western area of Kabul in a mostly Shiite neighbourhood.

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Two days earlier in the same area, multiple explosions targeting educational institutions killed at least six people, mostly children, and wounded 17 others. Advocates for the minority Hazaras called for a stop to the killings. Hazaras, who make up around 9 per cent of the population of Afghanistan's 36 million people, stand alone in being targeted because of their ethnicity — distinct from the other ethnic groups, such as Tajik and Uzbek and the Pashtun majority — and their religion.

Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims, despised by Sunni Muslim radicals like the Islamic State group, and discriminated against by many in the Sunni-majority country. The Islamic State affiliate has previously targeted schools, particularly in the Shiite-dominated Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood.

In May last year, months before the Taliban took power in Kabul, more than 60 children, mostly girls, were killed when two bombs were detonated outside their school, also in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood.

Dasht-e-Barchi and other parts of western Kabul are houses to the Shiite minorities of Afghanistan which have mostly been targeted by the Islamic State affiliate loyalists, however, no one has claimed credit for the recent explosions. 

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