Deadly Explosion Takes Place in Afghanistan

Deadly Explosion Takes Place in Afghanistan

( – A United States delegation met with senior Taliban representatives in Qatar on October 9 and 10. The US official focused on terrorism concerns and obtaining safe passage for American citizens and Afghan partners from the war-torn country. Ironically, the meetings took place in the wake of a deadly ISIS-K terrorist attack in Afghanistan.

On October 8, a deadly explosion rocked a mosque in the Khan Abad district of Bandar, the capital of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid posted a tweet confirming the attack, noting that “a number of our [Shiite] compatriots were martyred and wounded” in the blast.

It remains unclear exactly how many individuals died in the blast. A police spokesperson told journalists covering the explosion that it killed or wounded over 100 people. Continuing, he said he wanted to ensure “our Shiite brothers” the Taliban were prepared to provide for their safety.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan weighed in later in the day, posting on Twitter that it was “deeply concerned” about the attack. Of particular concern is the fact that the attack on the mosque represented the third deadly attack in under a week on a religious institution.

The Taliban hope for improved relations with the global community. It doesn’t help that they cannot provide basic safety for the country’s religious centers. The situation also calls into question the Taliban’s ability to provide safe passage for American citizens.

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