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– 32 dead and 53 wounded have been taken to our hospital so far, a doctor at the central hospital in Kandahar told AFP on Friday afternoon.
The explosion occurred in the mosque during Friday prayers Pictures shared on social media Shows great devastation.
An eyewitness, Mortada, told the Associated Press news agency that four suicide bombers attacked the mosque. He donated two explosive devices at the security gate, while the other two approached the compound in the mosque and blew themselves up there, he said.
Usually about 500 people are present during Friday prayers at the mosque, according to Murtaza, who, like many Afghans, uses only one name.
Video footage from the scene showed the dead lying on bloodstained blankets.
Another eyewitness said at least three explosions were heard, one at the main entrance, one in the south of the area and a third where believers wash before prayers.
A spokesman for the Taliban-controlled Interior Ministry in Kabul confirmed an unknown number of people had been killed.
“Special forces from the Islamic Emirate are now at the site to determine what happened and bring those responsible to justice,” Qari Syed Khosti said.
The Islamic Emirate is the Taliban’s name for Afghanistan after its capture.
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It is not known who was behind Friday’s attack, but the Islamic extremist group ISIS claimed responsibility earlier this month for a similar attack on a Shiite mosque in Kunduz province that killed 46 people.
The Islamic State is the sworn enemy of the Taliban and has carried out a number of other attacks since it seized power.
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