Protests in Karachi After ISIS Attack on Kandahar Mosque

Dozens of Pakistanis in Karachi on Sunday (17/10) protested Friday’s bombing of a Shi’ite mosque in southern Afghanistan that killed 47 people and injured dozens.

The Islamic State group (ISIS) said in a statement posted to social media late Friday that two members of the group shot and killed a security guard guarding the entrance of the Fatimiya mosque in Kandahar province.

One detonated his explosives at the entrance of the mosque and the other inside.

A Shia cleric during Sunday’s protest in Karachi demanded that the Taliban “launch operations against Daesh,” the Arabic nickname for the Islamic State group.

The attack came a week after a bombing claimed by a local ISIS affiliate killed 46 people at a Shi’ite mosque in northern Afghanistan, raising fears that IS – an enemy of the Taliban and the West – is expanding its foothold in Afghanistan.

Friday’s attack was the deadliest in Afghanistan since the US dramatically pulled out of the country, allowing the Taliban to take control of the Afghan capital. Friday’s attack was also the first major attack by ISIS in southern Afghanistan.

ISIS frequently carries out attacks in its strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, but has recently shown signs of expansion, with attacks in northern Afghanistan and in Kabul. [lt/jm]

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