Taliban pledge to step up safety at Shiite mosques after Friday’s assault – Occasions of India



KABUL: Taliban authorities pledged to step up safety at Shiite mosques after the second Islamic State attack in every week on worshippers killed greater than 40 folks within the Afghan metropolis of Kandahar on Friday.
The hardline Sunni group Islamic State claimed duty for the assault on the Fatima mosque in Kandahar which noticed a gaggle of suicide bombers shoot their approach into the mosque earlier than blowing themselves up among the many worshippers.
A well being official stated the casualty toll from the assault stood at 41 lifeless and 70 wounded however the toll may nonetheless rise additional. “A few of the wounded are in a crucial situation and we try to switch them to Kabul,” he stated.
The pinnacle of Kandahar police stated models could be assigned to guard the Shiite mosques which have to date been guarded by native volunteer forces with particular permission to hold weapons.
“Sadly they may not shield this space and in future we are going to assign particular safety guards for the protection of mosques and madrasas,” he stated in a press release posted on Twitter by a Taliban spokesman.
The assault on the Fatima mosque, the biggest Shiite mosque in Kandahar, often known as the Imam Bargah mosque, got here every week after the same assault on a mosque within the northern metropolis of Kunduz, which killed as many as 80 folks.
Assaults on Shi’ite mosques and targets related to the Hazara ethnic minority, who make up the most important Shiite 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 conflict.
Because the takeover, Islamic State has carried out dozens of operations, from small scale assaults on Taliban targets to large-scale operations akin to Friday’s suicide bombing, killing scores of civilians.




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