Suicide attack hits Kandahar mosque during prayers


Kabul: More than 40 people were killed and dozens more injured after blasts tore through a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Afghan city of Kandahar.
Pictures from inside the Bibi Fatima mosque show shattered windows and bodies lying on the ground, while other worshippers try to help.
The mosque was packed with worshippers as the suicide attack took place.
The Islamic State group (IS) released a statement saying it was behind the blasts.
It said two attackers shot and killed guards before entering the building and blowing themselves up.
“The firing started after we ended the prayers,” a man named Ahmadullah told AFP news agency. “Then two, three explosions took place. We were thrown towards the window. Many people, martyred [killed] or wounded, were laying there.”
Friday prayers are the busiest congregation of the week. At least 15 ambulances were at the scene afterwards, an AFP journalist said.
Taliban special forces secured the site and asked people to donate blood to help the victims, Reuters reports.