Kabul suicide blast: 32 killed, IS claims responsibility for attack at Shiite mosque

Officials said the attack took place at the Baqir Olum mosque in the western part of Kabul

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2016 2:36 am
Kabul, Kabul blast, Kabul mosque blast, Kabul shiite mosque blast, kabul blast 32 killed, kabul news, world news, mosque blast, indian express Afghan policemen arrive in front of a mosque where an explosion happened in Kabul, Afghanistan November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

A massive suicide blast at a Shiite mosque in Kabul killed at least 32 people on Monday and injured 35 as worshippers gathered for a religious ceremony, officials said. “It was a suicide bomber who blew himself up among worshippers inside the mosque, killing 27 and wounding 35,” senior police official Fridon Obaidi said. Police cordoned off the area around the Baqirul Olum mosque in the west of the Afghan capital.

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The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, Reuters reported. A statement in Arabic from Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said one of its fighters had targeted the mosque. Bloody sectarian rivalry between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims has been relatively rare in Afghanistan, a majority Sunni country, but the attack underlines the deadly new dimension that growing ethnic tension could bring to its decades-long conflict.

Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of the Kabul police Criminal Investigation Department, said at least 27 people were killed and 35 wounded, while the United Nations said at least 32 had been killed and more than 50 wounded, including many children. It described the attack as “an atrocity”.

“I saw people screaming and covered in blood,” one survivor told Afghanistan’s Ariana Television, adding that around 40 dead and 80 wounded had been taken from the building before rescue services arrived at the scene.

Another witness said he had helped carry 30-35 bodies from the mosque.

Islamic State, based mainly in the eastern state of Nangarhar on the border with Pakistan, has gradually expanded its reach since emerging in Afghanistan last year with a reputation for hardline fundamentalism and brutality.

Prior to Monday’s attack, it had claimed responsibility for two major attacks on Shi’ite targets in Kabul, including a suicide bombing which killed more than 80 people at a demonstration by the mainly Shi’ite Hazara community, the worst single attack on civilians since 2001.

Last month, it also claimed an attack in which 18 people were killed when a gunman in police uniform opened fire on worshippers gathered at a shrine in Kabul for Ashura, one of the holiest occasions in the Shi’ite calendar.

In addition, at least 14 people were killed in an attack on a Shi’ite mosque in northern Balkh province, for which no group has so far claimed responsibility.

(With Inputs from agencies)

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    Edward Teller
    Nov 22, 2016 at 2:00 am
    I agree in principle, with what you have written.
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      Edward Teller
      Nov 22, 2016 at 1:58 am
      Punk, It is called Politics. Nothing to do with religion.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why your blood is boiling when someone is attacked in Iraq? I am not also happy with the situation and that is where it ends.
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        Abbiya
        Nov 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm
        Stop the pertodoller funding by saudi Qatar turkey china and weapons from America china and western country .definitely sunni terrorist will wipe up from world
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          Arpan
          Nov 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm
          If some hijab get removed by some fanatic people in USA or India or somewhere in non-muslim countries then that become big news for indian English news papers but this coward acts of muslims (with huge state support)will not get much attention. Shame on you .
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            s
            Nov 21, 2016 at 10:31 am
            No one could ever have thought of saying islamic terror -radical islam a few years back, but now it is common and well used, now it will imerge that it will be sunni terror who target any non sunni let it be shia-ahmediays the hindus and christians -budhits have been worstly treated, now is will be common to use sunni radical or sunni terror, the earlier they are curbed the better before most of are caught in surprise.
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              ah
              Nov 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm
              NO MUSLIM is proud about this ............... even cow pe e e drinkers don't do it ...........
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                ah
                Nov 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm
                Yes TERORISM is very bad ................. you should make a COALITION of 50 nation to loot Iraq on the pretext of WMD and kill millions in the name of Democracy all the while Saudi Monarchy is your BEST ALLY and Zionist Jews are Most Democratic and Equal nations ........ quietly drink COW p e ee and hope that Hindutva a s s hol es don't over do it ..............
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                  l s
                  Nov 22, 2016 at 12:46 am
                  They are the devils soldiers. See how the americans have gone away, safely to America, and left the Afghan people to suffer. This is what the Americans are famous for. Interfere and then go away. They have done this over and over. Is this how they left the Afghans to protect their people.
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                    kuju
                    Nov 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm
                    sunni
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                      ZAINUL ABEDEEN
                      Nov 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                      yeh dunia ke liye sabse sarmnaak baat hai ki aaj hamare paak masjid me bomb blast ho rahe hain
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                        NAMASIVAYAM CHOKKALINGAM
                        Nov 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm
                        S: There is only one kind of Islam. Those who speak and act differently though they they are born into it are considered traitors. You do not know how the stanis hate Akbar, the Great but venerate Aurangazeb. Try to get a little knowledge of the history of Islam and how it spread all over the world.
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                          Vasudevan Venugopal
                          Nov 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm
                          Very sad, but I am tired of commenting on the inhuman crimes committed by these barbarians. About a week ago, there were reports of their using a six month old baby as target for testing their remote controlled explosive in Aleppo.
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