Dozens have been killed in a wave of deadly suicide bombings in Afghanistan this week, as U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces try to beat back the Taliban and ISIS militants.
Two mosques were hit by suicide bombers Friday, as the buildings were packed during prayer services, killing at least 63 people. A Shiite mosque in Kabul was attacked, along with a Sunni mosque in Ghor.
In Kabul, the suicide bomber walked into the mosque and detonated his explosive vest, killing 30 and wounding 45, the Telegraph reported. Witness Ali Mohammad said the explosion was so strong that windows on nearby buildings were also shattered. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it targeted the Shia Muslims, calling them by the derogatory term, “polytheists.”
Another 33 people were killed in the suicide bombing of the mosque in Ghor, again during prayers Friday.
Another suicide bombing in Kabul on Saturday killed an additional 15 people near a military academy. CNN reported that a suicide bomber on foot attacked a bus carrying Afghan army officers who had been taking a course at the Marshal Fahim Military Academy.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for that attack.
The Telegraph reported:
As attacks targeting Shiites have increased in Kabul, residents of this area have grown increasingly afraid. Most schools have additional armed guards from among the local population.
The so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan has taken responsibility for most of the attacks targeting Shiites, whom the Sunni extremist group considers to be apostates. Earlier this year, following an attack claimed by Isil on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, the militant group effectively declared war on Afghanistan’s Shiites, saying they would be the target of future attacks.
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