Guterres ‘strongly condemns’ deadly attack on Kabul mosque – News

At least ten people were killed and 50 injured in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Kabul, where hundreds of worshipers gathered to pray and accept more victims, a Taliban spokesman said Friday.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns yesterday’s deadly attack on the Khalifa Sahib Mosque in Western Kabul during Friday’s prayers,” a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said in a statement.

“Attacks on civilians and civilian property, including mosques, are strictly prohibited under international humanitarian law,” he said after a series of deadly bombings, some of which have been blamed by the Islamic State (IS) group, have resulted in dozens of deaths. on the ground. two weeks of increased attacks in recent years.

António Guterres expressed his condolences to the victims.

In a separate statement, members of the UN Security Council condemned the “sharpest continuing horrific terrorist attacks on civilians in Afghanistan” in which the Taliban returned to power in August.

Friday’s attack appears to have targeted members of the Sufi minority who performed the rituals after Friday’s prayers, according to the official. Jihadist groups like IS consider Sufis heretical.

The attack took place in a Sufi mosque in the western part of the Afghan capital at 4:20 pm local time (12.50 in Lisbon) when a suicide bomber blew up an explosive inside a fence, said local police chief Hafiz. .

The incident is part of a bloody wave of attacks that have taken place in Afghanistan in recent weeks, with dozens dead and wounded. The attacks have targeted mosques, vehicles and training centers.

On Thursday, two simultaneous attacks were recorded in the country, and buses to the rural areas of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of the Balkan province (north), exploded, killing at least ten people and injuring 13.

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