At least 50 killed in blast at mosque in Kunduji, Afghanistan

A Taliban official said an explosion at a mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunduz on Friday killed several people.

Kabul: Several people were killed and several injured in an explosion at a mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province on Friday. Video footage showed bodies surrounded by rubble inside the mosque used by members of the minority Shia Muslim community.

No group immediately claimed responsibility. The blast follows several attacks in recent weeks, including an attack on a mosque in Kabul, some of which are claimed by Islamic State’s Sunni Muslim militants.

A Taliban official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Friday’s blast killed at least 28 people and injured dozens more.

The attacks have underscored security challenges for the Taliban, which took over the country in August and has been campaigning against Islamic State cells in Kabul since then.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter: “This afternoon, an explosion occurred at a mosque of our Shia compatriot … resulting in the martyrdom and wounding of many of our compatriots.”