Kabul: At least 34 people were killed and 102 others wounded in two explosions in northern Afghanistan on Thursday. In Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of Balkh province, at least 30 worshippers were killed and 80 others wounded when a blast ripped through a mosque.
Initial reports said five were killed and 65 were wounded. An eyewitness shared that the blast took place inside the Saay Doakaan Mosque when scores of worshippers were offering prayers at around 12:45 pm local time. The second blast came about 15 minutes later in neighboring Kunduz province, killing four people and wounding 22 others. The Kunduz blast occurred after a roadside bomb hit a vehicle carrying military personnel on the outskirts of provincial capital Kunduz city.
However firm details about the incidents are not available amid the absence of any official statement. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far. In recent months, the war-torn country was hit by a series of terror attacks reportedly staged by militants of the Islamic State (IS) group opposing the Taliban-led caretaker government. On Tuesday, at least six people were killed and over 20 wounded in two back-to-back explosions outside a boy’s high school in western Kabul