Kondoz mosque attack
The Kondoz Mosque bombing is a suicide bombing that occurred on October 8, 2021 in the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kondoz on the occasion of Friday prayers.
Quickly claimed by the Islamic State, this attack is the deadliest in Afghanistan since that of the Kabul airport during the withdrawal of American troops at the end of August 2021.
The explosion occurred at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque during Friday prayers. Witnesses said they were praying at the time of the explosion and saw numerous bodies and blood on the ground during the evacuation.
An initial assessment by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan estimates that more than 100 people may have been killed. Kondoz Provincial Hospital reported 35 deaths and more than 50 injuries. Twenty deaths have been reported by Médecins sans frontières. According to a Taliban official, there were 100 casualties, adding that most were dead. The official death toll provided to Agence France-Presse was 46 and 143 injured.
The next day, AFP indicates that 62 graves were dug according to the statements of a gravedigger and that the final death toll could approach a hundred killed.
ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for the attack in the following terms: "With the grace of Allah Almighty, one of the horsemen of the martyr (Muhammad al-Uyghuri) - may Allah Almighty accept it - s 'is directed towards a fundamental temple for the polytheistic râfidhites of the city (Kondoz), where he detonated his explosive vest among the crowd of râfidhites inside the temple, causing more than 300 dead and wounded in their ranks and destroying their temple and to Allah belongs praise and success. And let the râfidhites and the most important among them know that the soldiers of the caliphate are on the lookout from Baghdad to Khorassan, and that Allah is predominant at His command, but most of the people do not know it. ".
Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban and deputy minister of information and culture of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, said: “This afternoon an explosion took place in a mosque of our fellow Shiites. from the Khan Abad neighborhood in the capital of Kondoz province, as a result a number of our compatriots were martyred and injured. The mujahideen arrived at the scene with a special unit and began to investigate. ".
United States: US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the Biden administration condemned the attack, adding that "the Afghan people deserve a future without terror" . United Nations: The UN condemned the attack, adding that it is part of a series of attacks on places of worship. On October 3, 2021, an Daesh attack on the Id Gah mosque in Kabul, where the funeral prayer for Zabihullah Mujahid's mother was taking place, killed 12 people and injured 30 others.
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(fr) This article is partially or fully taken from the English Wikipedia article "2021 Kunduz mosque bombing" (see list of authors).
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