At least 46 dead, 143 wounded in Afghanistan’s Kunduz mosque blast

A blast tore through Afghanistan’s northeastern city of Kunduz, causing multiple deaths, the Taliban said.

A suicide attacker was responsible for the blast, which took place inside Sayed Abad mosque during Friday prayers, Kunduz provincial spokesman Matiullah Rohani said.

State run newspaper Bakhtar news agency reported a death toll of 46 people and wounded more than 143.

Graphic images shared on social media showed several bloodied bodies lying on the floor.

“This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our Shia compatriots … as a result of which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter, adding that a special unit was arriving at the scene to investigate.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast follows several attacks, including one at a mosque in Kabul, in recent weeks, some of which have been claimed by the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State.

The attacks have underscored security challenges for the Taliban, which took over the country in August and have since carried out operations against Islamic State cells in Kabul.