(AFGHANISTAN) LATEST: More than 30 people were killed and dozens more injured after blasts tore through a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Afghan city of Kandahar #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.17: The firing started after we ended the prayers,” a man named Ahmadullah told AFP news agency. “Then two, three explosions took place. We were thrown towards the window. Many people, martyred [killed] or wounded, were laying there.” ……

#AceDailyNews says according to local media a suicide attack hits Kandahar in a Shia mosque during prayers on Friday killing more than 30-people…..

The aftermath of the attack showing broken windows
The blast in southern Kandahar comes exactly a week after a similar explosion at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz

The BBC has been told it was a suicide bombing.………..and a local reporter quoted by Reuters news agency said eyewitnesses described three suicide attackers: One reportedly detonated their device at the door of the mosque, with two more setting off theirs inside the building.

Friday prayers are the busiest congregation of the week, and the building was full of worshippers at the time. At least 15 ambulances were at the scene afterwards, an AFP journalist said.

Taliban special forces have secured the site and have asked people to donate blood to help the victims, Reuters reports.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. But BBC Afghanistan correspondent Secunder Kermani says that IS-K, a local branch of the Islamic State Group, is expected to say it was behind the blasts.

Kandahar is Afghanistan’s second largest city and the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban, so an attack in the city by IS-K – which is extremely hostile towards the Taliban – would be significant:

Pictures from inside the Bibi Fatima mosque show shattered windows and bodies lying on the ground, while other worshippers try to help.

Last Friday, a suicide attack on another Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the northern city of Kunduz killed at least 50 people. IS-K said it carried out the attack, which was the deadliest since US forces left at the end of August.

IS-K, a Sunni Muslim group, is the most extreme and violent of all the jihadist militant groups in Afghanistan. 

It has targeted Afghan security forces, Afghan politicians and ministries, the Taliban, religious minorities including Shia Muslims and Sikhs, US and Nato forces, and international agencies, including aid organisations.

EPATaliban soldiers guard the area surrounding the mosque, Kandahar’s largest for Shia Muslims

Sunni Muslim extremists have repeatedly targeted Shia Muslims in the past, whom they see as heretics.

About 10% of Afghanistan’s population are thought to be Shia Muslims. Many are also part of the Hazara community, the country’s third largest ethnic group, who have faced discrimination and persecution for years in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Oct.17: 2021:

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DAGESTAN: ‘ RADICALISED TEENAGER SUSPECTED OF SUICIDE BOMBING AT ISTANBUL POLICE STATION ‘

#AceWorldNews – DAGESTAN: Jan.17: A teenager from Russia’s turbulent southern Dagestan Republic is suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing at a police station in Istanbul’s tourist Sultanahmet Square, which killed one officer and seriously injured another one RT News reported.

Forensic experts in Russia are to compare blood samples from the bomber, believed to be Diana Ramazanova, 18, with those of her mother, to confirm her ID. Ramazanova is believed to have been radicalized after meeting radical Islamists through social networks.

According to Turkish media, she married a Norwegian jihadist of Russian origin and travelled with him through Turkey to Syria, where he joined one of the local militant groups and was killed in December.

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“Al-Qaeda – linked `Abdullah Azzam Brigades’ claim responsibility for the `Twin Suicide Bombings’ in Beirut”

#AceWorldNew says that the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the twin suicide bombings that struck the Beirut neighborhood of Bir Hasan, the Daily Star newspaper reports.

Two car bombs were behind the blasts that killed five and wounded 80 others, police said.

The group, on its Twitter feed, also claimed responsibility for the November-19 twin suicide attack targeting the Iranian Embassy that killed dozens, including an Iranian official.

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#Egypt : Sinai Militant Group warns tourists to leave country before February 20 before it is too late”

#AceBreakingNews says that Militant group warns tourists to leave Egypt before Feb 20

The Islamist militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, has warned tourists to leave Egypt “before it’s too late.” It also threatened, on an affiliated Twitter account, to attack anyone who stays in the country after the February-20 deadline, Reuters said.

The Sinai-based group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed two South Korean tourists and an Egyptian on Sunday.

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