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Iran receives Afghans wounded in Kandahar attack

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

These people are some of the survivors of Friday's bomb attack on a mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

Seriously injured, they were airlifted to Iran for medical treatment at Tehran's Baqiyatallah Hospital. Their transfer was made at the request of the Taliban government due to poor medical infrastructure in Kandahar.

At least 60 people were killed and dozens more were injured in three back-to-back explosions that tore through Bibi Fatima Mosque in Kandahar during Friday prayers. The mosque was packed with worshippers as the suicide attack took place.

A regional offshoot of the Daesh terrorist group, known as IS-K said it was behind the blasts. Among the seriously injured is 24-year-old Hamed, whose body is riddled with shrapnel from the blast.

The assault came just a week after Daesh stormed another mosque in the northeastern city of Kunduz, killing more than 150 people and injuring scores of others. The attack was the deadliest since US forces left Afghanistan at the end of August.

The attack that took place in Kandahar is significant since Kandahar is the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.

Afghan refugees here say the Taliban must take serious action to protect its people and prevent such tragedies from happening again.

The Iranian government has vowed to provide all the necessary services to treat the wounded.

Afghan refugees here say they are still concerned about further Daesh attacks in the future. They say the current instability in the country was caused by the US and Washington should be held accountable for its crimes.


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