While news about Afghanistan has taken a backseat to new headlines, an explosion recently ripped through a Shiite mosque in the Kandahar Province last week, killing scores of innocent Muslim worshippers.
According to The Daily Wire, as a large group of Muslims gathered to worship at the Fatimiya mosque, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb, killing at leat 47 and injuring upward of 70 or more.
Shiite Muslims, the minority Muslim group in Afghanistan, are often targeted by Islamic State terrorists, who now have a stronger foothold in the Taliban-controlled country after the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces last month.
The Associated Press reported that the horrific attack “was the deadliest day since the U.S. military withdrawal.” That statistic is a reference to the suicide bombing that occurred at Hamid Karzai International Airport in the final days of the mass evacuation efforts led by the United States, which resulted in the deaths of scores of Afghans at 13 U.S. service members.
One of the witnesses to the suicide bombing attack at the mosque, a man by the name of Murtaza, told the media that he witnessed two bombers. One of them apparently detonated at the gate to the mosque while the other detonated inside next to the worshippers.
In addition, Murtaza reported that security forces in charge of protecting the mosque were able to shoot and kill yet another suspected attacker outside of the building.
The brazen attack was immediately condemned by The Shiite Assembly of Ahl al-Bayt, a global religious society. The group also slammed the capabilities of the Afghan security forces assigned to protect the mosque as being “incapable” of doing so.
If Islami State terrorists are, in fact, responsible for the bombing, it would only mark the latest in a string of bombings carried out in the weeks since the withdrawal of U.S. forces.
Many predicted that Afghanistan would once again become an even darker and more dangerous place once U.S. troops left, and it appears that those predictions were extremely accurate.