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The blast happened as a memorial service was being held for Zabihullah Mujahid's mother

Heavy casualties are feared as explosion strikes Afghan mosque during prayers

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At least 16 people are dead and 32 injured after an explosion hit a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the Afghan city of Kandahar.

The blast occurred at the Iman Bargah mosque. Pictures from the scene show shattered windows and bodies lying on the ground while others try to help.

The explosion’s cause is not yet clear but a suicide bombing is suspected.

The Taliban captured Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second city on 13 August during a lightening offensive.

The BBC’s Afghanistan Correspondent, Secunder Kermani tweeted that IS-K, a local branch of the Islamic State Group, are expected to say they were behind the attack.

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Last Friday, a suicide attack on a mosque during Friday prayers in the northern city of Kunduz killed at least 50 people. It was the deadliest assault since US forces left at the end of August.

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