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Afghanistan: Death toll from Shia Muslim mosque bombing climbs to 39

5th Aug 2018
Afghanistan: Death toll from Shia Muslim mosque bombing climbs to 39

By Shadi Khan Saif

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA & The Muslim News): The death toll from Friday’s twin suicide-bombing in a Shia Muslim mosque of Gardez city, Paktia Province rose to 39 on Saturday. 81 worshippers during Friday Prayers in Khawaja Hassan mosque, were wounded by the terrorists.

Sardar Wali, spokesman of the provincial chief of the Afghan National Police (ANP), informed Anadolu Agency two suicide attackers opened fire at the worshipers before blowing themselves up. He said the two male attackers were wearing “burqas” to hide explosive vests and automatic weapons.

President Ashraf Ghani called the attack an act against Islam aimed at spreading hatred and division. “Such criminal acts of terrorists among our people cannot create religious divisions, because Afghanistan is exemplary in Islamic unity and religious affiliation in the Islamic countries, and this will remain unchanged forever,” Ghani said in a statement.

No one has as yet claimed responsibility for the attack but in the past Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for attacks on Shia Muslim mosques in the country.

[Archive Photo: Bombing of Shia Muslim mosques is common in Afghanistan. On 2 January 2017, Imam Baqir mosque in Baghe-Zubaida area was bombed in Herat, Afghanistan. Photographer by AA]

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