ISIS claims responsibility for Afghan mosque attack

Aaron Brown
October 22, 2017

A suicide bomber set off his explosives inside a mosque in the Afghan capital on Friday, officials said, killing at least 30.

The United States strongly condemned the October 20 attacks and previous attacks in Afghanistan during a week in which US drones strikes were reported to have killed more than 30 militants in the region.

The targeted official was a top local political and military leader of the Jamiat political party in Ghor, Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor said in a statement. The Kabul attack marks the sixth on a Shiite mosque this year, including one in Herat province in August that killed 31. Residents say attendance at local Shiite mosques in Kabul on Friday has dropped by at least one-third. It said the assailant blew himself up as worshippers began their prayers.

Around seven major attacks have been carried out in Afghanistan by Taliban or Islamic State group militants since Tuesday.

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UNAMA's most recent quarterly report on civilian casualties notes that during the first nine months of 2017 attacks directed against the Shi'a population as they attended mosques or religious ceremonies resulted in 278 civilian casualties (84 deaths and 194 injured).

In central Ghowr province, a suicide bomber attacked worshipers in a Sunni mosque, where a former Taliban commander who was inside was apparently the target, a local official said.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for either attack. The Taliban have taken responsibility for the earlier assaults this week that struck security installations in the east and west of the country. In addition, several attempted suicide bombings in Kabul have been foiled.

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