A blast tore through a mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunduz on Friday, a Taliban official said, causing multiple deaths.
“This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our compatriots … as a result of which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter, adding that a special unit was arriving at the scene to investigate.
There have been several attacks, including one at a mosque in Kabul, in recent weeks, some of which have been claimed by Islamic State.
Last week, a deadly attack targeting a prayer ceremony at the Eid Gah mosque in memory of Taliban spokesman Mujahid’s mother left five people dead and 11 wounded. The device was placed at the entrance to the mosque and detonated as mourners were leaving after offering condolences to Mujahid and his family, AFP had reported.
Subsequently, the Taliban destroyed an Islamic State cell in the Afghan capital hours after the suspected IS attack on the mosque. The Taliban’s chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had said fighters carried out the operation in the north of Kabul on Sunday evening.
“As a result of the operation, which was very decisive and successful, the IS centre was completely destroyed and all the IS members in it were killed,” Mujahid had said on Twitter.