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100 Shias killed in Afghan mosque attack: Islamic State claims responsibility

KUNDUZ (Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan), Oct 9. At least hundred Shia Muslim worshippers were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a gathering of Friday prayers in a mosque in Kunduz city of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan.

Bodies were seen scattered inside the Said Abad mosque, used by the minority Shia Muslim community, BBC reported. Over 300 worshippers were attending the prayers in the afternoon when the bomb went off.

Dost Mohammad Obaida, the deputy police chief for Kunduz province, said the suicide bomber would have come along with the gathering of worshippers for Friday prayers. This is the biggest terror strike since the US troops left Afghanistan at the end of August.

Claiming responsibility for the attack, the Islamic State (IS) said the suicide bomber was a Uyghur. The IS-K, the Afghan branch of the is opposed to the Taliban Government.

The attack followed two others, one in a Kabul mosque and the other in a madrasa in the eastern city of Khost.

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