Daesh says it carried out Afghanistan mosque bombing

Daesh says it carried out Afghanistan mosque bombing
A man cleans debris from the site of a suicide bombing attack in a Shi'ite mosque in Gardez, Paktia province, Afghanistan August 4, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 04 August 2018

Daesh says it carried out Afghanistan mosque bombing

Daesh says it carried out Afghanistan mosque bombing
  • Daesh said around 150 Shiites and security forces were killed or wounded in Friday’s attack
  • The group claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Shiite mosques

CAIRO: Daesh on Saturday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Afghanistan that killed 39 people and wounded at least 80 others.
In a statement carried by its Amaq news agency, the group said around 150 Shiites and security forces members were killed or wounded in Friday’s attack in the city of Gardez in Paktia province, but gave few details on how the attack was carried out.
The Paktia police chief said that two burka-clad militants carried out the attack on the mosque, where more than 100 people had gathered to pray.
Daesh militants view Shiite Muslims as heretics.
The group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Shiite mosques, security installations and civilians in Afghanistan in recent weeks as pressure builds for peace talks between the Western-backed government and the Taliban.
The attack underlines the dire security situation after four decades of war and 17 years of US intervention.
No reliable census information exists on the size of the Shi’ite community in Afghanistan, but estimates range around 10-15 percent, including most members of the Persian-speaking Hazara ethnic group and some Tajiks.