Islamic State claimed responsibility for mosque blast, 47 people killed in prayer

Kabul: The Islamic State (IS) has taken responsibility for a suicide bomb blast during prayers at a Shia mosque in a province in southern Afghanistan. 47 people lost their lives while several others were injured in a bomb blast during Friday prayers.

The Islamic State issued a statement on social media late on Friday night, saying two of its members had shot dead security personnel posted at the entrance of the Fatima Mosque in Kandahar province. One of the IS terrorists then blew himself up at the entrance of the mosque while the other detonated a massive explosion inside the mosque. IS news agency Amak named the attackers, Anas al-Khurasani and Abu Ali al-Baluchi, in a statement. Both the attackers are said to be Afghan nationals.

A week ago, a local organization affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) bombed a Shia mosque in the northern province, killing 46 people. The Taliban, which recaptured Afghanistan after decades of fighting, had resolved to restore peace in the country. Both the Taliban and IS are organizations of Sunni Muslims, but they are ideologically very different.

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