By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Scores of people have died in northern Afghanistan Friday in the country’s deadliest assault since US forces left, raising concerns about rising Islamic extremism.
The assault at a mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz killed at least 50 people, officials said.
An Islamic State group suicide bomber reportedly detonated an explosive vest as worshippers gathered inside the mosque for Friday prayers.
Bodies were seen scattered inside the Said Abad mosque, used by the minority Shia Muslim community. More than 100 people were injured in the blast in the northern city, witnesses said.
Several groups are against Afghanistan’s new rulers, the Islamic Taliban group, amid a widening power grab. The Islamic State group said it was behind the attack. Sunni Muslim extremists have targeted Shias, who they see as heretics.
Several groups are against Afghanistan’s Islamic Taliban group.
IS-K, the Afghan regional affiliate of the Islamic State group, is violently opposed to the governing Taliban.
The standoff has added to concerns among minority Christians who could be executed, Worthy News learned.
Afghanistan’s Christians make up a small community estimated at some 8,000-12,000 people, according to sources familiar with their situation.
Most Afghan Christians are converting from Islam., church officials say,
Their conversion makes them prime targets for killing by the Taliban and other hardline Islamic groups.
Christian converts are considered “apostates” and subject to the harshest punishments under the Taliban’s extreme version of Islam, church representatives say.
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