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Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful explosion at a mosque frequently visited by religious minority groups in northern Afghanistan on Friday resulted in several casualties, a Taliban spokesman said.
The explosion occurred at the Shiite mosque in Kunduz, during a worship at the Gozar Said Abad Mosque every Friday, when a large number of Shiite religious minority members came for regular worship. Witness Ali Reza said she was praying at the time of the explosion and reported seeing many casualties.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Shiite mosques were targeted and “many” worshipers were killed and injured. He said Taliban special forces had arrived at the scene and were investigating the incident.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent. No group has claimed responsibility yet.
The Taliban leadership has addressed the heightened threat from the affiliates of the local Islamic State, known as the Islamic State of Korasan. IS militants have stepped up attacks targeting rivals, including two deadly bombings in Kabul.
IS is also targeting Afghan religious minorities in its attacks.
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