Afghans bury dead as Kandahar attack toll mounts

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  • Non secular authorities within the southern metropolis of Kandahar inform AFP the toll from Friday’s assault has reached 60.
  • Daesh says two suicide bombers carried out separate assaults on completely different components of the mosque.
  • The all-male crowd introduced physique after physique, shrouded in white sheets, as a mud storm was whipped up by the fixed digging.

KANDAHAR: Afghanistan’s Shia minority buried their useless for the second Saturday in a row after one other suicide bomb assault on a mosque claimed by the Daesh.

Non secular authorities within the southern metropolis of Kandahar instructed AFP the toll from Friday’s assault had reached 60, as a whole bunch of diggers opened row after row of graves within the dusty soil.

The newest bloodbath got here only a week after one other Daesh-claimed assault on Shia worshippers at a mosque within the northern metropolis of Kunduz that killed greater than 60 individuals.

In a press release launched on its Telegram channels, the Daesh mentioned two Daesh-Khorasan suicide bombers carried out separate assaults on completely different components of the mosque in Kandahar — the non secular heartland of the Taliban — whereas worshippers prayed inside.

The group, bitter rivals of fellow Sunni Islamist motion the Taliban, who swept again to energy in Afghanistan in August as america and its allies withdrew, regards Shia Muslims as heretics.

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UK-based battle evaluation agency ExTrac mentioned Friday’s assault was the primary by Daesh-Okay in Kandahar, and the fourth mass casualty bloodbath because the Taliban took Kabul.

Researcher Abdul Sayed instructed AFP the assault “challenged the Taliban claims of holding management on the nation. If the Taliban cannot defend Kandahar from an Daesh-Okay assault, how might it defend the remainder of the nation?”

The killings triggered worldwide condemnation. UN Secretary Basic Antonio Guterres condemned the “despicable assault” and demanded these utilizing violence to limit Afghans’ spiritual freedom be delivered to justice.

On the gravesides, mourner Gul Ahmad instructed AFP of his grief over his brother’s slaying: “He had two little kids. He had a house to reside in. He had all the pieces. The ache of the loss can’t be described with phrases.”

The all-male crowd introduced physique after physique, shrouded in white sheets, as a mud storm was whipped up by the fixed digging.

“The world will keep in mind this. The Islamic world will keep in mind this barbarism, particularly the dignified individuals of Afghanistan,” warned one other mourner, Muhammad Agha.

Contained in the mosque, after the blast, the partitions have been pockmarked by shrapnel and volunteers swept up particles within the ornately painted prayer corridor. Rubble lay in an entrance hall.

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Within the wake of the explosions, Kandahar police chief Maulvi Mehmood mentioned safety for the mosque had been supplied by guards from the Shia neighborhood however that following the “brutal assault” the Taliban would take cost of its safety.

Many worshippers

Witnesses spoke of gunfire alongside the explosions, and a safety guard assigned to guard the mosque mentioned three of his comrades had been shot because the bombers fought their method in.

Sayed Rohullah instructed AFP: “It was the Friday prayer time, and after we have been making ready I heard pictures. Two individuals had entered the mosque.

“That they had opened hearth on the guards and in response the guards had additionally opened hearth on them. One in every of them dedicated a suicide blast contained in the mosque.”

Different bombs have been detonated in crowded areas outdoors the primary constructing, he and different witnesses mentioned.

US State Division spokesman Ned Value mentioned Washington condemned the assault and reiterated a name for the “Taliban to reside as much as the dedication it has made to counterterrorism, and particularly to taking over the shared risk we face from [Daesh]-Okay”.

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“We’re decided to see to it that no group…can ever once more use Afghan soil as a launching pad for assaults on america or different nations.”

The Taliban have vowed to stabilise the nation, and within the wake of the Kunduz assault promised to guard the Shia minority now residing underneath its rule.

Shia are estimated to make up roughly 10% of the Afghan inhabitants. A lot of them are Hazara, an ethnic group that has been persecuted in Afghanistan for many years.

In October 2017, an Daesh suicide attacker struck a Shia mosque within the west of Kabul, killing 56 individuals and wounding 55.