Iran Slams Deadly Terrorist Attack against Afghan Prayers

22 October, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • At least 30 killed in suicide bombing at Kabul mosque

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak strongly condemned the recent suicide bombing attacks on two mosques in Afghanistan that killed at least 72 people on Friday.

The Sunni Muslim group did not provide evidence for its claim but it has attacked Shia mosques before.

The United States strongly condemned the October 20 attacks and previous attacks in Afghanistan during a week in which US drones strikes were reported to have killed more than 30 militants in the region.

Iran will side with the Afghan nation and government regardless of certain trans-regional powers' will, the spokesman said, adding that Tehran will support Afghans "until complete elimination of violence, crime and insecurity".

The attack occurred at Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul as Shi'ite worshippers gathered for prayers.

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a large Shiah mosque, Kabul September 29, 2017.

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At least 45 people were injured in the attack, according to an official at the Interior Ministry, cited by AP.

A suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a Shiite mosque on the southwestern fringe of the capital, killing 39 people - among them women and children - on a day in Afghanistan reserved for prayer and reflection.

"In the face of these senseless and cowardly acts, our commitment to Afghanistan is unwavering", U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. Most of the attacks have targeted police compounds or military facilities.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack, the latest in a devastating week that saw Taliban attacks kill scores across the war-torn country.

The statement, however, said the local official was killed along with as many as 30 other worshipers.

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