Blast At Mosque in Afghanistan Kills 30 Worshippers, Wounded 80 Others

An explosion struck inside a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, killing at least 30 worshipers and wounded over 80 others.

A Spokesman for the Taliban commander in Mazar-e-Sharfi, Zia Zendani said that the explosion happened inside the Seh Dokan mosque in the 2nd police district when scores of worshipers gathered to perform afternoon prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Zendani confirmed the death of five people, and said 50 others were wounded in the blast.

Health officials in Abu Ali Sina hospital said they received 30 dead bodies so far and were busy providing medical treatment to another 80 wounded.

Health officials added that the number of victims is feared to increase.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack so far and also it is not clear how the blast took place.

UN Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan, Richard Bennett strongly condemned the attack against the Hazara community, asking for a thorough investigation.

“Today, more explosions rock Afghanistan, striking a Shia mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif and again the Hazar community is a victim. Systematic targeted attacks on crowded schools and mosques call for immediate investigation, accountability & end to such human rights violations,” Bennett tweeted.

The explosion came two days after two bomb blasts targeted a school in Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood in Kabul that killed six students and wounded 24 more.

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 (IS) terrorists.

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