A suicide bomber has targeted a mosque in Afghanistan’s Kunduz city during Friday prayers, killing at least 100 people, as per reports.
Images on social media showed bodies and debris inside the mosque, used by the minority Shia Muslim community, the BBC reported. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sunni Muslim terrorists, including the Taliban and the local Islamic State (IS) group, have in the past targeted the Shia community because they consider them to be ‘heretics’. IS-K, the Afghan regional affiliate of IS, has carried out several bombings recently, largely in the eastern part of the country.
Taliban, a terrorist militia captured power in Afghanistan after a hasty US withdrawal and collapse of the Afghanistan Army. Taliban’s deputy minister of information and culture, Zabiullah Mujahid, confirmed the incident.
“Today in the afternoon, in the Khanabad Bandar area in the capital city of Kunduz, a blast targeted a mosque belonging to our Shia citizens, which martyred and wounded a number of our compatriots,” he added.
Zalmai Alokzai, a local businessman who rushed to a hospital to check whether doctors needed blood donations, described seeing chaotic scenes.
Taliban-ISKP-Haqqanis-Pakistan: shape-shifting Islamist terrorists
The Taliban is a monster created by USA and Pakistan to fight the Soviets who had invaded Afghanistan in 1979. ‘Talib’ means Islamic student, and these Deobandi-madrassa trained fighters were armed and trained by US and Pakistan. After driving the Soviets out, Taliban emerged victorious in a civil war in 1996.
Under their rule, Al-Qaeda and other terror groups flourished, and a hijacked Indian Airlines plan was flown to Kandahar in 1999 to secure the release of dreaded terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar and others. After US invasion of Afghanistan following 9/11, the Taliban fled to the Af-Pak border area and got safe harbor from their controllers, the Pakistani Army.
After 20 years, the US-led West lost its appetite for the ‘war on terror’ and pulled out, allowing the Taliban to again grab power. This has been a great win for Western ally Pakistan. We are now seeing a concerted effort by US-UK decision makers and left-liberal media to paint Taliban as the ‘reasonable’ power in Afghanistan, which will have to be partnered with to fight the ‘extremist’ Islamists like Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP).
But as a few analysts have pointed out, there is a deep connection between ISKP, Taliban and the Pakistan-promoted Haqqani Network. The founding leader of ISKP was Hafiz Saeed Khan, a veteran Pakistani Taliban leader. ISKP operates along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border cooperating with the Haqqani Network terrorist group, whose leader Sirajuddin Haqqani is the second in command of the Afghan Taliban.
The reality is that ISKP, Al Qaeda and the Taliban are different threads of the same tapestry. These groups may have some internal squabbles, but they share common enemies and have more in common with each other than they have differences. And what no one in the West, and even the security think-tanks in Bharat, is saying openly is that the puppeteer pulling the strings of these terror groups operating in Af-Pak region is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Pakistan is the US-led West’s chosen henchman to help it establish a toehold in the region. So the west doesn’t really care what happens to ordinary Afghans, or to minorities in Pakistan, or about the terror upsurge in Bharat – which will be the fallout of the blank cheque they have given to Pakistan. China too will not be displeased with this state of affairs, as long as it doesn’t affect the separatists movement in Xinjiang.