IS claims Afghan mosque attack; Taliban pledge to step up security
The Indian Express Delhi|October 17, 2021
A Taliban fighter stands on the top of the mosque after attack, in Kandahar

TALIBAN AUTHORITIES pledged to step up security at Shia mosques as hundreds of people gathered on Saturday to bury the victims of the second Islamic State suicide attack on worshippers in a week.

Hardline Sunni group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on the Fatima mosque in Kandahar that saw a group of suicide bombers shoot their way into the mosque before blowing themselves up among the worshippers during Friday prayers.

Taliban officials said the death toll from the attack stood at 47 dead and 70 wounded but could rise further.

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