Burqa-clad suicide bombers kill at least 29 inside Afghan a mosque



Burqa-clad suicide bombers struck a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Friday as it was crowded with worshippers for weekly prayers, killing at least 29 people and wounding more than 80 in the latest attack on the minority.
Officials said they feared the death toll could rise after the assault, the latest targeting civilians who have borne the brunt of the violence in Afghanistan’s long conflict.
“Two suicide explosions happened during Friday prayers in the Khwaja Hasan area of Gardez,” said Abdullah Hasrat, spokesperson for Paktia province near the Pakistan border.
He said the toll had risen to 29 killed and 81 wounded, with children among the victims.
The bombers wore “women’s clothing”, he said, and shot first at the mosque’s security guards before opening fire on worshippers then detonating their explosives.
Provincial police chief General Raz Mohammad Mandozai confirmed the incident, and that the pair were wearing burqas to hide their explosives and weapons.
Local resident Sayed Naimatullah said he could hear the blasts from inside his home and rushed to the mosque.
“There were body parts, heads, limbs and arms scattered everywhere. The blood of the worshippers had painted the walls of the mosque… There were pieces of glass scattered all over,” the 30-year-old he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban have denied involvement.
The blasts come as urban areas across Afghanistan have been rocked by an increasing number of attacks in recent months, with both Islamic State (IS) and Taliban insurgents targeting security forces and government installations.
The Taliban has not claimed a major attack in a city for weeks as it comes under increased pressure to agree to peace talks with the Afghan government.
But IS has carried out multiple attacks in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital Kabul in recent months, targeting everything from government ministries to a midwife training centre.
Last month an IS suicide bomber blew himself up near Kabul international airport, killing 23 people including AFP driver Mohammad Akhtar.
The uptick in violence comes as US and Afghan forces intensify ground and air offensives against IS, and the Taliban step up their turf war with the group.
Earlier this week more than 150 IS fighters surrendered in northern Afghanistan in a move that Afghan security forces and the Taliban hailed as the end of the extremist group in the north of the country.
The surrender followed the Afghan army’s decision to take over security in the eastern city of Jalalabad in IS’s main stronghold of Nangarhar province after a spate of attacks, mostly claimed by the group
Afghan civilians have taken the brunt of the gruesome war that began after the 2001 US-led invasion uprooted the Taliban regime.
Insurgent attacks and suicide bombs were the leading causes of civilian deaths in the first half of 2018, a recent UN report showed.
A total of 1,692 civilians were killed, the highest number for the period since the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan began keeping records in 2009.
Another 3,430 people were wounded, the report addedA suicide attack struck a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan Friday targeting worshippers during weekly Friday prayers, with officials warning of multiple casualties in the latest incident to hit the minority, Police told South Punjab News

COMMENTS

Name

Accident Adventure Afghanistan Agriculture AID Airport Animals Army Arson Article automobile Banks belief birds Bureaucracy BUSINESS Calamity celebration charity Child trafficking civic Clash Climate collapse Commerce Communication Corruption Court Crime crimes culture currency Cyber crime Defence Department Development Development And Industry Devotees Diplomacy disaster Drugs Earthquake Economy Education Election Electricity Embassy Employment Energy Entertainment Environment Excavation Execution exhibition Explosion export Facility Family Famine Fashion felciation festival Finance fire flood Food Food/Agriculture food/health Foreigners Forests fraud Freight Fuel FUNERAL Hajj handicapped HANG Health Hiousing History Hotel Human Rights India Industry Infotainment int International internationl journalist Judiciary justice Kashmir KIDNAPPING labour Landslide language Lawyers Legislation Leisure Lifestyle lightning literature Local Manifesto Media Migrants Minorities MIRACLE mis mishap mishaps Money Laundering Moon Murder n NAB Narcotics National Nature obituary Oppotunity Petroleum Pilgrims Police POLITICS pollution poverty power Prison prisoners Probe project Properties Protest Railway Religion relion Rescue Rivalry Science Seafood Security Sentence Services shemales Sikh Community smoking smuggling Social Social Media Social Welfare Space sports strike Students Suicide Suicide Attack Taxation Technology telecom Terrorism Tourism Trade Trade Union Traditions Training transgender Transport Travel Tyranny Vacancies vehicle vendetaa Visa water Weapons weather wedding woman Women Working class youth
false
ltr
item
South Punjab News : Burqa-clad suicide bombers kill at least 29 inside Afghan a mosque
Burqa-clad suicide bombers kill at least 29 inside Afghan a mosque
The attack comes as urban areas across Afghanistan have been rocked by an increasing number of attacks in recent months, with both the Islamic State (IS) and Taliban insurgents targeting security forces and government installations.
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JPB3trIjQgQ/W2Sduw0YpbI/AAAAAAAA_MQ/fEw8iavyn4Q6p7tTEfcOayyZ7QL-4GHsACLcBGAs/s320/shia%2Bmosque.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JPB3trIjQgQ/W2Sduw0YpbI/AAAAAAAA_MQ/fEw8iavyn4Q6p7tTEfcOayyZ7QL-4GHsACLcBGAs/s72-c/shia%2Bmosque.jpg
South Punjab News
http://www.southpunjabnews.com/2018/08/burqa-clad-suicide-bombers-kill-at.html
http://www.southpunjabnews.com/
http://www.southpunjabnews.com/
http://www.southpunjabnews.com/2018/08/burqa-clad-suicide-bombers-kill-at.html
true
949454145819430215
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy