Iran Foreign Ministry expresses concern over repeated bomb attacks in Afghanistan

Iran Foreign Ministry expresses concern over repeated bomb attacks in Afghanistan

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has reacted to the latest bomb attack in the neighboring Afghanistan, saying frequent bomb attacks and explosions targeting civilians in various cities of the war-ravaged country are a cause of great concern.

Speaking on Thursday, Saeed Khatibzadeh referred to increasing reports on the repeated bomb attacks in various cities of Afghanistan, expressing Iran’s concern about the sharp rise in the number of such “bitter incidents.”

Noting that the latest bomb attacks in Afghanistan took place in the holy fasting month of Ramadan when mosques are more crowded due to people’s presence, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said such terrorist attacks, whose main targets are fasting Muslim prayers, are abhorrent.

Khatibzadeh also wished recovery for the injured.

Earlier in the day, a bombing at a mosque in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif claimed the lives of at least 31 worshipers and left more than 80 others injured, in the second major attack on the Shia Hazara community in Afghanistan in a week.

Daesh terrorists claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a statement on the group’s Telegram channel, which added that the attack on the Mazar-i-Sharif mosque was carried out using a remotely detonated booby-trapped bag when the building was packed with worshippers.

On Tuesday, two blasts outside a school in a Hazara community neighborhood of Kabul killed at least six people and wounded more than two dozen others.

The Hazara community, the poorest of the country’s ethnic groups, accounts for about 22 percent of Afghanistan’s population. Its members have been targeted in several large-scale kidnappings and killings across Afghanistan in the past.

Since the Taliban’s takeover of the country, several attacks are reported each week throughout Afghanistan, including some claimed by Daesh.

The Taliban, who had previously ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, took power again on August 15 as the US was in the middle of a chaotic troop withdrawal. The group announced the formation of a caretaker government on September 7. No country has yet recognized their rule.