At least 16 people were killed and 32 were injured from an explosion in southern Afghanistan, new reports say. In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 photo, a large domed mosque dominates the landscape seen from the window of the historical governor’s mansion in Kandahar, Afghanistan. One of the first attacks on governor’s compound involved five suicide attackers and a truck jammed with explosives. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Anja Niedringhaus/AP

At least 16 dead and many more injured from Afghanistan mosque bombing

Elizabeth Faddis October 15, 08:45 AM October 15, 08:45 AM

At least 16 people were killed and 32 were injured from an explosion in southern Afghanistan, new reports say.

The Friday bombing took place during prayers at a Shiite mosque in Kandahar, located in the southern region of Afghanistan. Qari Saeed Khosty, a spokesman for the Taliban-run government of Afghanistan, confirmed that the explosion had happened in a tweet.

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“We are saddened to learn that an explosion took place in a mosque of the Shia brotherhood in the first district of Kandahar city in which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Khosty reportedly said.

The region has been rocked by violence in recent months, with explosions causing several Afghan casualties. On Oct. 8, a suicide bombing killed or wounded at least 100 people at the Gozar-E-Sayed Abad Mosque, located in Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan.

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Since the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on Aug. 15, the group has been faced with dealing with threats from ISIS-K, the local Islamic State affiliate group.

Earlier this month, the Taliban raided one ISIS camp, leaving several insurrectionists from the group dead following a bombing that took place outside of Eid Gah mosque, leaving five dead.

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