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Taliban promised to step up security at Shiite mosques

Taliban pledged to step up security at Shia mosques as hundreds of people gathered to bury the victims. It was the second Islamic State suicide attack on worshippers in a week. Hardline Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on the Fatima mosque in Kandahar. A group of suicide bombers shoots their way into the mosque before blowing themselves up among the worshippers during Friday prayers. A health official said the casualty toll from the attack stood at 41 dead and 70 wounded but could rise further. Some of the injured are in critical condition, and they are trying to transfer them to Kabul. Large crowds gathered to bury the white-shrouded victims in a mass grave in the southern city of Kandahar.

The head of Kandahar police said units would be assigned to protect the Shia mosques, which local volunteer forces have guarded with special permission to carry weapons. Unfortunately, they could not defend this area, and in the future, we will assign special security guards to protect mosques and Madrasas. The attack on the Fatima mosque, the largest Shia mosque in Kandahar, also known as the Imam Bargah mosque. It came a week after a similar attack on a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz, which killed as many as 80 people.
The Taliban promised to save minorities.

Attacks on Shia mosques and targets associated with the Hazara ethnic minority, who make up the biggest Shia group in Afghanistan, were regular occurrences under the former Western-backed government. There has been a profound shock as the attacks have continued since the Taliban seized power in August. It tarnished the movement’s claim to have brought peace to Afghanistan after decades of war. Since the takeover, Islamic State has conducted dozens of operations, from small-scale attacks on Taliban targets to large-scale operations such as Friday’s suicide bombing.

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