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Afghanistan: Islamic State-Khorasan claims responsibility for Kandahar mosque blasts Afghanistan crisis
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Afghanistan: Islamic State-Khorasan claims responsibility for Kandahar mosque blasts

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 16 Oct 2021, 06:15 pm

Kabul/UNI: The Islamic State-Khorasan has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings at a Shiite mosque in Kandahar that killed 62 worshippers and left 75 others injured, many of them critically, during Friday prayers.

The Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K) jihadist group said that two suicide bombers carried out separate attacks in different parts of the Fatimieh Mosque during Friday prayers.

"The first suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest...in a mosque hallway, while the second suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in the mosque's centre," IS-K said in a statement released on its Telegram channels.

ISKP identified the two suicide bombers as Anas al-Khurasani and Abu Ali Al-Balochi.

The Fatimieh Mosque is located in Imam Bargah area of District 1 of Kandahar city, Afghanistan’s second largest city after Kabul, and is in a Persian speaking neighbourhood of the predominantly Pashtun Kandahar city.

On Saturday, mourners laid to rest the 62 dead in Kandahar city's graveyard.

The attack comes exactly a week after a massive suicide explosion ripped through a Shiite mosque in Kunduz, killing over 100 people and leaving an equal number injured.

The Islamic State-Khorasan had claimed responsibility for the Kunduz mosque bombing.