Taliban pledge to step up security as Shia victims buried

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KABUL:

Taliban authorities pledged to step up safety at Shia mosques as tons of of individuals gathered on Saturday to bury the victims of the second Islamic State suicide assault on worshippers in every week.

Hardline group Islamic State claimed accountability for the assault on the Fatima mosque in Kandahar that noticed a bunch of suicide bombers shoot their approach into the mosque earlier than blowing themselves up among the many worshippers throughout Friday prayers.

A well being official stated the casualty toll from the assault stood at 41 useless and 70 wounded however might rise additional. “Among the wounded are in a essential situation and we are attempting to switch them to Kabul,” he stated.

On Saturday, massive crowds gathered to bury the white-shrouded victims in a mass grave within the southern metropolis of Kandahar.

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The top of Kandahar police stated models could be assigned to guard the Shia mosques which have up to now been guarded by native volunteer forces with particular permission to hold weapons.

Individuals carry a sufferer after a big explosion at a Shia mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan, October 15, 2021. by way of REUTERS TV

“Sadly they may not defend this space and in future we’ll assign particular safety guards for the safety of mosques and Madrasas,” he stated in an announcement posted on Twitter by a Taliban spokesman.

The assault on the Fatima mosque, the biggest Shia mosque in Kandahar, also referred to as the Imam Bargah mosque, got here every week after an analogous assault on a mosque within the northern metropolis of Kunduz, which killed as many as 80 individuals.

Assaults on Shia mosques and targets related to the Hazara ethnic minority, who make up the largest Shi’ite group in Afghanistan, have been common occurrences underneath the previous Western-backed authorities.

There was deep shock because the assaults have continued because the Taliban seized energy in August, tarnishing the motion’s declare to have introduced peace to Afghanistan after a long time of struggle.

For the reason that takeover, Islamic State has performed dozens of operations, from small scale assaults on Taliban targets to large-scale operations reminiscent of Friday’s suicide bombing, killing scores of civilians.