A bomb blast near the northern Afghan city of Kunduz has killed at least 33 people, including children, and injured dozens more during Friday prayers. The attack comes days after the international militant group IS claimed responsibility for two separate deadly attacks in Kunduz and Mazar-e-Sharif provinces.
Afghan Information Minister Jabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that the blast took place at a mosque in the Imam Shahib district of Kunduz. It killed 33 civilians, including children. Another 43 people were injured in the blast, he said.
Taliban spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid added: “We condemn this crime and extend our deepest condolences to the victims.”
A bomb blast near a Shi’ite mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif has killed at least 31 people and injured six others. On the same day, another attack in Kunduz killed 4 and injured 18. IS has claimed responsibility for a number of recent attacks, including two on Thursday.
IS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was part of an ongoing operation to avenge the killings of its former leader and spokesman.