At least 33 killed and 73 wounded after explosion at mosque gates in Kandahar, Afghanistan — RT World News

Officials say that 33 people were killed and 73 others injured in an explosion at the Shia mosque of Kandahar in Afghanistan on Friday prayers. The victims were transported by ambulances to hospitals.

While Shia worshippers were gathered for Friday prayers packed with 500, the explosion struck Bibi Fatima mosque.

At the security gate were two bombs detonated, and at the mosque ran two suicide bombers, setting off an explosion among the congregation. 

The Taliban’s interior minister, Sayed Khosti, confirmedIt was a terrorist attack. “martyred and wounded”A number of “compatriots,”According to the statement, special forces arrived shortly thereafter. “determine the nature of the incident.”

In the middle of the city was smoke seen rising from the vicinity of the mosque. As worshippers tried to assist them, distressing footage showed the bodies covered in blankets.

Although officials have said that this was a suicide attack, the group responsible has not yet been identified. This is the second suicide attack in Afghanistan within recent weeks. IS-K was responsible for another explosion in Kunduz last Wednesday.

Kandahar has been under the Taliban’s control since August 13, as the militant group swiftly gained territory across Afghanistan ahead of their ousting of the country’s government.

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