Blast rocks mosque in Afghanistan, causing multiple casualties among Shiite worshippers. On Friday, in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunduz, a deadly blast in the mosque killed and wounded worshippers and raised alarms on the already volatile situation in the country. The people were already fearing for their wellbeing and safety under a regime which they are doubtful about. And the blast today exacerbated their fears and suspicion against the new regime.
Blast rocks mosque in Afghanistan, Shiites Muslims attacked
“This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our Shiite compatriots … as a result of which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter, adding that a special unit was arriving at the scene to investigate.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack or the number of casualties.
There have been several attacks, not forgetting the Kabul airport attack and the one today at a mosque in Kabul. Some of these attacks have been claimed by Islamic State. Such attacks have raised fears among the general population who fear that Afghanistan’s security situation is volatile. As Taliban claim that the situations are turning the corner such episodes rock the already tricky and precarious security condition in the country.
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Sectarian divide deepens
The fact that the blast rocks mosque in Afghanistan, killing Shiite worshippers, it had triggered a sectarian divide in Afghanistan. As security stands precarious and religious animosity deepens with the presence of ISIS in Afghanistan, the violence and chaos in the country has scarred its social fabric.
The attacks have underscored security challenges for the Taliban, which took over the country in August and have since carried out operations against Islamic State cells in Kabul. Restraint is something the Taliban has called for, but in the wake of anxious populace who have their own reservations about Taliban, the new regime’s calls for restraint will be taken with the grain of salt.