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Afghanistan: Mosque explosion kills 33

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civilians, including children”,”text”:”The explosion occurred at a mosque in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz, killing 33 civilians, including children”}}”>The blast occurred at a mosque in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz, killing 33 civilians, including childrengovernment spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August, overthrowing US-backed authorities there, the number of bombings has declined, but jihadists and theIslamic State group have continued their attacks on targets they deem heretical.

We condemn this crime […] and express our deepest sympathy to those bereavedZabihullah Mujahid said again.

Images posted on social networks, which could not be immediately verified, showed the walls holed by impacts of the Mawlavi Sikandar mosque, frequented by Sufis.

Jihadist groups such as theIslamic State group devote a deep hatred to this Muslim current which they consider as heretical and which they accuse of polytheism – the greatest sin in Islam – for having asked for the intercession of dead saints.

The show at the mosque was horrible. Everyone praying inside was either injured or killedsaid Mohammad Esah, the owner of a nearby store.

A member of the nursing staff at a nearby hospital told theFrance Media Agency on the phone that between 30 and 40 people had been admitted to this establishment after this explosion.

People gathered to pray at the mosque and the explosion happenedsaid on the phone to theFrance Media Agency a witness.

This explosion comes the day after two attacks claimed by the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, which in total left at least 16 dead and dozens injured.

Twelve worshipers died and 58 were injured in an attack on Thursday against a Shiite mosque in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

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On the same day, at least four people were killed and 18 injured in Kunduz when a bomb exploded on a bicycle as a vehicle carrying civilian mechanics working for a Taliban military unit passed.

However, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the two explosions that occurred Tuesday in a boys’ school in a Shiite district of Kabul, which left six dead and more than 25 injured.

Shia Afghans, mostly from the Hazara community, which makes up between 10 and 20 percent of Afghanistan’s 38 million people, have long been the target of theIslamic State groupwho also sees them as heretics.

Earlier on Friday, Taliban authorities said they had arrested the brain Thursday’s bombing at the Mazar-i-Sharif mosque.

Taliban officials insist their forces have defeated the Islamic State group, but analysts believe the jihadist organization still poses a major security threat to Afghanistan.

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