At least 16 individuals have been killed by bomb blasts in two Afghan cities Thursday — together with 12 at a Shiite mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.
The variety of bombings in Afghanistan has dwindled for the reason that Taliban returned to energy in August, however the jihadist and Sunni IS group has claimed a number of since then — usually in opposition to Shiite targets.
Grisly photographs of victims being carried to hospital from Seh Dokan mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif have been posted on social media.
“Blood and fear are everywhere,” Ahmad Zia Zindani, spokesman for the Balkh provincial public well being division, informed AFP, including “people were screaming” whereas looking for information of their family members on the hospital.
He stated 12 individuals have been killed within the blast and 58 wounded — together with 32 in critical situation.
“Relatives of victims were arriving at city hospitals looking for their near and dear ones. Many residents were also coming to donate blood,” Zindani stated.
In Kunduz, not less than 4 individuals have been killed and 18 wounded by a blast police spokesman Obaidullah Abedi informed AFP was brought on by a bicycle bomb focusing on a automobile carrying mechanics working for the Taliban.
Afghanistan’s Shiite Hazara neighborhood, which makes up between 10 and 20 % of the nation’s 38 million individuals, has lengthy been the goal of the IS, who take into account them heretics.
“The soldiers of the caliphate managed to get a booby-trapped bag” contained in the mosque, detonating it from afar after it was filled with worshippers, IS stated in an announcement.
On Tuesday, two blasts outdoors a faculty in a Shiite neighbourhood of Kabul killed not less than six individuals and wounded 25 others.
No group claimed accountability for that assault.
Taliban officers insist their forces have defeated IS, however analysts say the jihadist group is a key safety problem.
Since seizing energy, the Taliban have recurrently raided suspected IS hideouts within the japanese Nangarhar province.
In May final yr not less than 85 individuals — primarily woman college students — have been killed and about 300 wounded when three bombs exploded close to their faculty within the Shiite dominated Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood of Kabul.
No group claimed accountability for that, however in October 2020 IS admitted a suicide assault on an academic centre in the identical space that killed 24 individuals, together with college students.
In May 2020, the group was blamed for a bloody assault on a maternity ward of a hospital in the identical neighbourhood that killed 25 individuals, together with new moms.