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Iran diplomat visits Afghans injured in Kandahar mosque terrorist attack

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows the aftermath of a blast at a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province, October 15, 2021.

An Iranian diplomat has visited a group of Afghan nationals who are being treated at a hospital in Tehran for injuries they sustained during a terrorist attack on a Shia mosque in southern Afghanistan last week.

Iran’s deputy ambassador to Kabul visited on Thursday as many as 30 Afghans who remained in critical condition at Tehran’s Baqiyatallah Al’Azam Hospital, following the Daesh-claimed attack on the Bibi Fatima mosque in Kandahar.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the visit, he said following their “disgraceful defeat” and “humiliating” withdrawal from Afghanistan, the United States and its allies decided to “ruin the sweet taste” of this victory for the Afghan nation and people of the region.

“Therefore, after despairing of waging a civil war in Afghanistan, they [the US and its allies] started using the name of Daesh to create insecurity in Afghanistan,” he said.

He added that Iran strongly condemned terrorist attacks on mosques in the Afghan cities of Kabul, Kunduz and Kandahar and a number of other terror incidents in different provinces and regarded them as a “new mischief by the Western-Arab front in Afghanistan.”

The Iranian diplomat called on all countries in the region to make more efforts to prevent the continuation of such terrorist moves.

More than 60 people were killed and Over 80 wounded in three back-to-back explosions that hit the Bibi Fatima mosque during Friday prayers on October 15, one of the biggest blasts in Kandahar. It came just a week after a bomb attack killed more than 150 people and left scores of others injured at a Shia mosque in the northeastern city of Kunduz.

Both tragedies were claimed by a local affiliate of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which has a long history of attacking Afghanistan’s Shia minority.

A bombing attack outside the Eidgah Mosque in the capital Kabul earlier in October also left a number of civilians dead and several others injured.

The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian diplomat said Tehran decided to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan from the first days of the former Afghan government’s collapse under a directive issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyyed Ali Khamenei to stress the need to support the oppressed Afghans.

In cooperation with Iran’s Embassy in Kabul and following coordination with new officials in Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic has so far dispatched 10 consignments of humanitarian aid to families of martyrs and those wounded in mosque blasts in Kabul, Kunduz and Kandahar, said the diplomat, adding some of the injured Afghans have also been transferred to Tehran and the treatment process is currently underway.

“As in the past, the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to help the Afghan people and asks authorities of the neighboring country to engage more seriously than before in the fight against the new [wave of] terrorism in Afghanistan and not to allow the continuation of these movements against people of this country,” the diplomat said.

The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August, as the US was in the middle of a chaotic troop withdrawal from the country. The group announced the formation of a caretaker government on September 7.

The Taliban first ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when the United States invaded the country and toppled the Taliban-run government on the pretext of fighting terrorism following the September 11 attacks in the US.

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