One killed, many injured in Afghan mosque blast

Kabul: At least one worshiper was killed and seven others injured during Friday prayers in a bomb blast at a mosque in northern Afghanistan.

The blast occurred in a district in the northern province of Kunduz where dozens of worshipers were killed in a similar bomb attack in April.

Provincial police spokesman Qari Obaidullah Abedi said a prayer was killed in Friday’s explosion at the Alif Birdi mosque in Imam Sahib district.

“The explosives were kept inside the mosque. The blast happened when the worshipers were offering Friday prayers.”

A doctor at the provincial hospital confirmed the number of dead and injured.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan from the US-backed government last year has reduced the number of bombings in the country, but the militant Islamic State (IS) group has continued to target minority communities in attacks.

The country witnessed a series of bombings during the holy month of Ramadan, some of them claimed by IS.

On 22 April, an explosion at a mosque in Imam Sahib district killed at least 36 worshipers and injured several others in one of the deadliest attacks since the Taliban returned to power. The blast targeted members of the minority Sufi community who were worshiping after Friday prayers.

Published in Dawn, June 18, 2022