Afghanistan: At least 46 killed in bomb attack at Kunduz mosque | World News

At least 46 people have been killed and more than 140 wounded after a suicide bombing at a mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province, a state-run news agency has reported.

Photos from the scene show bodies and bloodstains surrounded by rubble inside the mosque.

Rescuers could be seen carrying bodies wrapped in blankets from the building.

Blood stains the compound outside a mosque following a bombing in Kunduz province, northern Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. A powerful explosion in a mosque frequented by a Muslim religious minority in northern Afghanistan on Friday has left several casualties, witnesses and the Taliban's spokesman said. (AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil)
Blood stains the compound outside the mosque. Pic: AP

The bomb went off during the weekly Friday prayer service at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque while the venue was packed with worshippers.

Islamic State said it carried out the attack in a message on encrypted messaging app Telegram.

The Bakhtar News Agency, which is run by the ministry of information, reported that 46 people were killed in the blast and 143 wounded.

“This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our Shiite compatriots…as a result of which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.

He said Taliban special forces had arrived at the scene and were investigating.

The deputy police chief for Kunduz province, Dost Mohammad Obaida, said the “majority of them (the victims) have been killed”.

He said the attack was likely carried out by a suicide bomber who had mingled among worshippers inside the mosque.

Hussaindad Rezayee, a local resident, rushed to the mosque as soon as he heard the explosion.

“I was busy at home doing construction work, and when the prayers started, the explosion happened,” he told the Associated Press. “I came to look for my relatives, the mosque was full.”

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