In Kabul during a religious festival Shiite mosque blown up, 30 persons were killed, over 80 injured
A suicide bomber who activated the explosive device at a Shiite mosque in Western Kabul killed more than 30 and wounded more than 80. Among victims and victims there are children. The Taliban condemned the violence, responsibility for which was assumed by members of the terrorist group “Islamic state”.
The attack occurred on Monday, November 21, when the Shiites of the Afghan capital gathered for a solemn service in memory of the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, revered by Shiites as a Martyr. According to the BBC, the attacker blew himself up in a crowd inside the building. “When the dust settled, I saw blood everywhere and pieces of bodies. I was wounded in the stomach, had to crawl out of mosques”, is given in the message comment of the member of the Shiite temple.
According to Reuters, the criminal police of Kabul reported at least 27 killed and 35 wounded. At the UN talking about the 32 dead and more than 50 wounded. The Guardian quotes the message of the Ministry of health of Afghanistan, which refers to the more than 30 dead and about 80 wounded. The Ministry noted that the death toll in the attack in the mosque of Baqir ul-Uloom may increase.
The Taliban quickly distanced itself from the attack on the mosque. “We condemn this bombing. This attack cannot be our work and has nothing to do with us,” said Taliban spokesman Mujahid zabiullah. Then representatives of the “Islamic state” has claimed responsibility for the attack, says Al Jazeera , citing affiliated with a terrorist group website.
In Afghanistan about 40 years, has not been a population census, but it is expected that 15 to 20 percent of the population is Shia and the rest Sunni. The majority of Shiite immigrants from Tajikistan and ethnic minorities, for example, the Hazaras. After the removal of the Taliban from power, the Shiites are not faced with harassment and violence on religious grounds, as it happens in neighboring Pakistan, however, over the last few months the country has seen at least three terrorist attacks against Shiites. So, in October was attacked a mosque in Kabul, 14 people were shot. Also in October, an explosion occurred at a mosque in Northern Balkh province, which killed at least 14 people. And in July a suicide bombing attack during a Shiite protest March, claimed the lives of 80 people. In all cases the responsibility was taken by the representatives of the “Islamic state”, which promotes Sunni Islam.
“Given the level of polarization of Afghan society, should expect more attacks of this kind. However, the government of Afghanistan is limited to just condemning violence in words,” – says the analyst of Al Jazeera Hashmat of Moslih.
The need to take effective measures to protect Shiite Muslims from attacks also said the international human rights organization Amnesty International.
Note, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has already condemned the attack and attempts to “sow the seeds of discord”, and the head of the government Abdullah Abdullah said that Afghanistan should not fall victim to enemy forces who are trying to achieve the separation of Afghan society.
“A deliberate attack on innocent civilians, including children, done at the Holy place – it is a war crime and a crime against Islam and humanity,” stressed Abdullah.