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Afghanistan: Bomb attack hits mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif

April 21, 2022

Dozens have been killed or injured in Afghanistan in the second attack on a Shiite target in Afghanistan in three days. A bomb blast hit the mosque as worshipers were praying during the holy month of Ramadan.

 The Seh Dokan mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif
A bomb attack has killed and wounded worshipers praying during RamadanImage: Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat/AA/picture alliance

A blast at a mosque in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif has caused dozens of casualties, officials said on Thursday.

"Preliminary reports confirm there are at least 25 casualties," Zabihullah Noorani, head of Balkh province's Taliban-run information and culture department, told AFP news agency.

Dr. Ghawsuddin Anwari, the head of the main hospital in northern Mazar-e-Sharif, where the explosion took place at the Sai Doken mosque, told The Associated Press that at least 10 people were killed and 40 injured.

The attack occurred as worshipers were kneeling in prayer during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

It comes just two days after several blasts hit educational facilities in Shiite-majority areas of the capital, Kabul, killing at least six people, mostly children.

The Sunni extremist group "Islamic State" has claimed responsibility for the attack on its Telegram channel.

tj/wmr (Reuters, AFP)