GLOBALink | IS group claims mosque explosions in Afghanistan as death toll soars to 47

Source: Xinhua| 2021-10-17 15:39:36|Editor: huaxia

The death toll from Friday's suicide explosions inside a mosque in Kandahar city, capital of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province, has risen to 47, while 90 others were wounded, a local official confirmed on Saturday.

Haifz Sayyed from the Cultural and Information Directorate of local government told Xinhua that the explosions occurred inside a Shiite Muslim mosque building at midday when hundreds of worshippers were offering Friday prayers.

Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to a statement from the group cited in multiple reports.

The IS statement said two assailants were involved in the deadly attacks.

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