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Relatives and friends of one of the victims of Friday's bombing of a Shiite Mosque hold a blanket over his grave in Kunduz Relatives and friends of one of the victims of Friday's bombing of a Shiite Mosque hold a blanket over his grave in Kunduz  (AFP or licensors)

Bomber kills worshippers in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber kills and wounds worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan, in the 3rd deadly attack this week targeting a religious institution.

By Nathan Morley

A suicide bomber killed and wounded worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan, in the 3rd deadly attack this week targeting a religious institution.

On Friday, a suicide bomber from the so-called Islamic State killed at least 50 minority Shiite Muslims and wounded dozens in the deadliest attack since the departure of Western Forces from the country.

Photos from the scene at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque showed bodies surrounded by rubble inside the mosque in the Kunduz province. Police said the attack was likely carried out by a suicide bomber who had mingled among worshippers.

Shiite Muslims have long been a target of violence by extremist terror in Afghanistan, which is predominately Sunni.

In a separate development, senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives will hold talks over the weekend about containing extremist groups in Afghanistan and easing the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country.

The talks are taking place in Doha.

Elsewhere, the EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson has warned Europe must take the security threats that might arise from migration out of Afghanistan more seriously.

She urged all EU member states to properly screen and register all people arriving from Afghanistan.

According to the UN, half a million people have been displaced within Afghanistan in recent months.

Listen to the report by Nathan Morley
09 October 2021, 16:53