ISIL claims responsibility for Kandahar attack

12:21, 16 October 2021
ISIL claims responsibility for Kandahar attack Photo: Andrew Shiva/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

The ISIL* claimed responsibility for the attack on a Shia mosque on Friday in Kandahar.

The radical group reported that two members of ISIL killed the guards and blew themselves up in the Imam Bargah mosque. The attack occurred at Friday noon when many people come to pray.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the attack "despicable."

At least 32 people have been killed and 53 others injured, according to Afghan health officials. Local hospitals have added that they are keeping getting patients, therefore, the death toll is likely to increase. 

The attack in southern Afghanistan came shortly after clashes  between The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) and the Taliban broke out in the northeast of the country.

The other powerful explosion occurred in a mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz on October 8 resulting in many casualties. 

According to the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, more than 100 Afghans were killed and injured. ISIL-K* has claimed the responsibility for the attack as well.

The Taliban have recently announced a large-scale operation against ISIL presence in Afghanistan.

*The Taliban ISIL, ISIL-Khorasan, or ISIL-K are terror organizations banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.