According to local officials in southern Kandahar province, an explosion hit a Shiite mosque located in the first district of Kandahar city on Friday during the prayer time.
Though the IS-K has yet to claim responsibility for the attack, the Friday attack on “Fatemiah Mosque” was quite similar to those of the IS-K done in the past on Shiite gatherings including the attack on Sayed-Abad mosque in northern Kunduz province a week ago which left at least 50 dead.
A spokesman for the Taliban Interior ministry Sayed Khosti said: “We are saddened to learn that an explosion took place in a mosque of the Shia brotherhood in the first district of Kandahar city in which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded.”
Eyewitnesses said three back-to-back explosions hit the mosque, one of the biggest in Kandahar city, causing high casualties.
According to eyewitnesses, three men equipped with guns and explosives first opened fire on the worshipers and then detonated their explosives in three different parts of the city.