72 Dead in Twin Suicide Bombings in Afghanistan; ISIS Claims Responsibility for One

ISIS said it carried out a gun and bomb attack on a mosque in Kabul on Friday that killed dozens of people, including children.

“The martyrdom-seeking brother Abu Ammar Al-Turkmani … succeeded in immersing himself with an explosive vest in a temple of the polytheists,” ISIS said in a message on Telegram. “He detonated his vest among the crowd.”

The attack, which was one of two targeting mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, capped one of the country’s bloodiest weeks in recent memory, with more than 180 people killed.

Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned both attacks and said that the country’s security forces would step up the fight to “eliminate the terrorists who target Afghans of all religions and tribes.”

First attack

One bomber walked into a mosque in the capital Kabul as people were praying on Friday and detonated an explosive, one of the worshippers there, Mahmood Shah Husaini, said.

At least 39 people died in the blast at the Imam Zaman mosque in the city’s western Dasht-e-Barchi district, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

Second attack

Separately, a suicide bombing killed at least 33 people at a mosque in central Ghor province, a police spokesman said.

The attack appeared to target a local leader from the Jamiat political party, according to a statement from Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor, a leading figure in Jamiat.

In his statement, Ghani said the day’s attacks show that “the terrorists have once again staged bloody attacks but they will not achieve their evil purposes and sow discord among the Afghans.”

District governor Mohsen Danishyar confirmed to AFP that a senior local police commander, who is believed to have been the target of the attack in Dolaina district, was among the dead.

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Source: Gulf New