A powerful explosion tore through a Sunni Muslim mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 33 worshippers and injured over 40 others.
Taliban Spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid in a tweet said that a “devastating bombing” at a mosque and religious school in Imam Saheb district of Kunduz province injured another 43 people, including students of the religious school.
“We condemn this crime and express our deepest condolences to the victims,” Mujahid added, without giving further details.
Friday’s bombing is the latest in a series of deadly attacks across Afghanistan, the worse of which was an attack on a Shiite mosque in northern Mazar-e-Sharif on Thursday, in which 30 people were killed and over 70 others wounded.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack in Mawlawi Sekandar Mosque in Kunduz, which came as worshippers gathered to perform Friday prayers.
But Islamic State (IS), also known as Daesh extremist group, calmed responsibility for Mazar-e-Sharif bombing on Thursday.
The Taliban on Friday said they have arrested a former IS leader in northern Balkh province, Abdul Hamid Sangaryar in connection with Thursday’s mosque attack.
The IS had been relatively inactive in Afghanistan since several months, but in recent weeks have stepped up its attacks in Afghanistan, making tough for the Taliban to maintain security.
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