The UN chief strongly condemned the “horrific” attack, saying it represented a third attack on a religious institution in less than a week.
UN family #Afghanistan Deeply concerned over reports of heavy casualties in an attack on the Syedabad Shia Mosque today, #Khanabad, # Kunduz. Preliminary reports indicate that more than 100 people were killed and injured in a suicide bombing inside the mosque. ./
– UNAMA News (NAUNAMAnews) October 8, 2021
“Religions that deliberately target civilians by exercising their right to practice their religion violate fundamental human rights And international humanitarian law. ” Secretary General Antonio Guterres, In a statement issued by his spokesman. “Criminals must be brought to justice.”
The Secretary General expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery to the injured.
The IKSP claimed the attack
According to news reports, the local Islamic State terrorist group, known as the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (IKSP), has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The IKSP has previously targeted the Shia Muslim community in Sunni-majority Afghanistan and is an extremist Islamist group opposed to the country’s real ruling Taliban, who seized power in mid-August.
IKSP militants carried out a deadly attack on Kabul airport last month, killing one U.S. military member and 19 Afghan civilians.
The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, tweeted that it was “deeply concerned” about the recent attacks, including the bombing of the Sayyidabad mosque on Friday, an incident claimed by the IKSP near a mosque in Kabul on Sunday and a school in Khost on Wednesday.
“Today’s incident is part of a disturbing pattern of violence”, UNAMA said.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCHR) said in a tweet that bombings and targeting places of worship,Highlighting the weaknesses of ordinary Afghans, especially religious minorities. Our hearts are with the victims and we hope for justice. “