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Explosion during Friday prayers - at least 100 killed - VG

Explosion during Friday prayers – at least 100 killed – VG

Transport: A victim of the blast in Kunduz, Afghanistan, is carried away from the mosque.

An explosive device exploded during Friday prayers in a mosque in northern Afghanistan. Doctors Without Borders says more than 90 wounded.

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Several media outlets, including Al-Arabiya, reported an explosion in a Shiite Muslim mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Friday.

According to the Taliban news agency, at least 100 people lost their lives. MSF reported that more than 90 people were injured in the attack.

Videos seen by VG from the site show bloody, lifeless bodies lying among the rubble inside the mosque.

Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Syed Khosti confirmed the blast to AFP. Local residents told the news agency that the explosion occurred during Friday prayers, the most important day of the week for religious people.

Visible traces: bloodstains at the mosque’s exit give a picture of what happened on Friday.

For years, the Taliban has been threatened by a rival who has dragged terrorism even further, and shown a greater willingness to target civilians, such as ISIS-Khorasan (ISK), as the terrorist organization of the Islamic State army in Afghanistan is called.

Khorasan is the name of a historical region that includes regions in Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Last week, ISIS carried out Two bombings in Kabul.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on Kunduz Mosque on Friday. The city is located near the border rather than Tajikistan, and has an estimated population of 183,000.

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The city is a commercial center and agricultural region, where, among other things, cotton, melons, wheat and rice are grown, according to the Great Norwegian Encyclopedia.

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