Afghanistan: 'Blood And Fear Everywhere' After Deadly IS Blast

Dozens of people have been killed or injured in four explosions across Afghanistan on Thursday, local officials and journalists have said.

The first explosion tore through a Shia Muslim mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif.

At least 31 people were killed, and 87 were wounded, the BBC has been told.

The Islamic State group (IS) admitted carrying out the attack. The Taliban say they have defeated the IS but the group remains a serious security challenge to Afghanistan's new rulers.

The attack on the Mazar-i-Sharif mosque was carried out using a remotely detonated booby-trapped bag when the building was packed with worshippers, the Sunni Muslim IS jihadists said.

The group called the attack part of an ongoing global campaign to "avenge" the deaths of its former leader and spokesman.

- bbc.com


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