According to a UN agency, a suicide bomber swept into a Shia mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing and injuring at least 100 people.
According to provincial spokesman Matiullah Rohani, the attack happened during Friday prayers at the Sayed Abad mosque in Kunduz.
Sara Chare, a representative with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said at least 20 people were murdered and 90 were injured, and some of the victims were transported to the NGO’s facility.
Security troops were on the scene, according to a Taliban spokesman, and an inquiry was ongoing. No one has claimed responsibility for the incident as of yet.
The UN mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted on Twitter that the mosque blast “is part of a troubling pattern of violence” and is the third death strike this week “presumably targeting a religious institution.”
The attack comes only days after another mosque in central Kabul was bombed, killing at least seven people. The gates of the Eidgah Mosque in the Afghan capital, where a funeral service for Taliban spokesman Muhajid’s mother was being conducted, were targeted in the attack on Monday
IS Khorasan (ISIS-K), an Islamic State offshoot, claimed responsibility for the blast on Monday, one of a string of operations carried out by the terror group since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan more than a month ago. Others include a suicide explosion at Kabul’s airport in August and a series of attacks in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad that targeted Taliban members
The Taliban’s rule and the country’s stability are both threatened by the group. The Taliban have launched many operations against ISIS-K terrorists in recent days.
According to local Taliban police chief Maulvi Abdul Qadir Haqqani, the Taliban claimed to have killed at least nine ISIS-K militants and detained five others in two operations targeting ISIS hideouts in the central Afghan province of Parwan last week.