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Afghanistan mosque explosion killed 37, others wounded



AN EXPLOSION struck at Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, leaving 37 people dead and many others wounded, today.

  Ministry of Interior Affairs, spokesperson, Qari Saeed Khosty, said Taliban special forces arrived at the scene to find out how the blast was carried out and to “punish the perpetrators.

  Though no official confirmation of exact number of casualties and no group has claimed responsibility for the blast, pictures circulating on social media showed scenes of carnage in the mosque in the city of Kandahar where victims were sprawling on the ground.

  This was the second deadly blast within a week on Shiite religious sites in Afghanistan.

  A suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan one week ago killed more than 40 worshippers. But Islamic state extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack which occurred in Kunduz.  In mid-August, the Taliban took power in Afghanistan after U.S.-led international forces pulled out.

  The army and police disbanded and government officials fled, leaving a security vacuum in places.

  The Taliban are enemies of the Islamic state and have been fighting with the Sunni terrorist group since it emerged in Afghanistan in early 2015.

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