Islamic State bombing kills at least 65 people in southern Afghanistan

A complex suicide attack on a Shia Muslim mosque in the southern Afghan capital Kandahar killed at least 65 worshipers on Friday, breaking two months of relative peace in the Taliban’s historic stronghold and highlighting the threat of a widespread Islamic State presence.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing on Saturday, saying two suicide bombers carried out the attack, according to a statement confirmed by the SITE Intelligence Group. It came a week after another Islamic State bombing killed about 100 people in a Shiite mosque in the northern city of Kunduz. The extremist group’s regional affiliate, Islamic State – Khorasan Province or ISKP, has repeatedly targeted Afghanistan’s Shiite minorities in recent months.

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