Terrorist attack in the Kunduz mosque (2021)

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October 17, 2021

The terrorist attack in the Kunduz mosque is a terrorist attack carried out by a suicide bomber, Vilayat Khorasana (a branch of the Islamic State) in the Shiite mosque Gozar-e-Sayed Abad in the Afghan city of Kunduz. Up to 150 people were killed, 143 were injured.

Events

The explosion occurred during the weekly Friday prayers at the Gozar-i-Sayyed Abad Shiite mosque. Eyewitnesses stated that during the evacuation from the mosque, they saw many bloody bodies.

Responsibility

Officials accused the Islamic State, and specifically its Afghan branch Vilayat Khorasan, of involvement in the terrorist attack. Later, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Representatives of the organization confirmed on their Telegram channel that a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in an overcrowded mosque. According to the organization, the terrorist was a Uyghur who blew up both the Shiites and the Taliban for their voiced willingness to expel the Uyghurs in order to improve relations with China.

Consequences

The Ettelaat newspaper reports 150 deaths in the attack. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan initially estimated that more than 100 people were believed to have died. The local Kunduz hospital reported 35 deaths and more than 50 injured. Médecins Sans Frontières has reported twenty dead. At least 100 people were killed, according to a Taliban spokesman. The death toll, provided to the agency France Presse, was 46 people, 143 were injured.

Reaction

The Taliban security chief in Kunduz said they are committed to ensuring the safety of Shia Muslims and that such an attack "will not happen again." The explosion is also being investigated, according to the deputy chief of police in Kunduz province.

See also

Terrorist attack at Kabul airport (2021)

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