- Title: Mass funerals take place after Afghan mosque attack
- Date: 9th October 2021
- Summary: KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN (OCTOBER 9, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) VARIOUS OF DAMAGE INSIDE THE MOSQUE / PEOPLE LOOKING AT DAMAGES (MUTE) DAMAGE ON THE ROOF OF THE MOSQUE (MUTE) PEOPLE GATHERING IN MOSQUE PILE OF SANDALS (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KUNDUZ RESIDENT, ALI MOHAMMAD, SAYING: "During Friday prayers at 1:30 in the afternoon, a suicide bomber entered the mosque and committed this horrible incident. Exact statistics are not yet available, but 150 or 200 people were martyred and wounded. They were innocent young people." VICTIMS' RELATIVES GATHERING AT MOSQUE COMPOUND AND ATTENDING TO FUNERAL OF VICTIMS VICTIMS' RELATIVES AROUND A COFFIN VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ATTENDING FUNERAL (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KUNDUZ RESIDENT, MOHAMMAD HUSSAIN, SAYING: "We strongly condemn this incident, it was a cowardly attack, and I hope God will punish the perpetrators. However, I still hope that the martyrs will go to heaven and the wounded people will heal." VICTIMS' RELATIVES PREPARING MASS GRAVES GRAVES (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KUNDUZ RESIDENT, KHATIB ROZAWI, SAYING: "As you can see, we want to bury the bodies next to each other because we have no choice, and we have to prepare mass graves." VARIOUS OF VICTIMS' RELATIVES BURYING THEIR LOVED ONES
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2021 11:14
- Keywords: Islamic State Kunduz Shi'ite mosque Taliban explosion
- Location: KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN
- Reuters ID: LVA001EYFQMO7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:A pile of sandals and bloodstained carpets remained at at the mosque on Saturday (October 9) after a suicide attack on the mosque in Afghanistan's Kunduz killed scores of people attending Friday prayers.
Funerals of the victims were underway in another part of the city.
Men dug a large dustry trench to bury the dead in a mass grave.
Stunned family members gathered around wooden coffins waiting for burial.
The latest attack was the third this week on a religious institution.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack that state-run Bakhtar news agency said had killed 46 people and wounded 143.
Two health officials told Reuters the death toll could be between 70 and 80.
The blast, which the United Nations' mission in Afghanistan called part of a disturbing pattern of violence, follows others in recent days at a mosque in Kabul and a religious school in the eastern province of Khost.
There have been similar attacks in recent weeks, some of which have also been claimed by Islamic State, whose fighters are Sunni Muslims.
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