IS claims responsibility for Badakhshan mosque bombing

New York: The Islamic State group or Daesh has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing inside a mosque in the northern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, Afghanistan-based Khaama Press reported.

At least 13 people were killed and 30 others were injured in the explosion that took place inside Nabawi Mosque in Badakhshan province last week. The explosion occurred during a memorial service of Taliban provincial deputy governor Nisar Ahmad Ahmadi.

In a statement, the Islamic State in Khorasan Province said that the attacker had targeted the service near the Nabawi Mosque in Faizabad city of Badakhshan province on Thursday, Khaama Press reported.

Daesh in a statement claimed that at least 20 senior Taliban officials were killed and 50 others were injured. Daesh’s statement has indicated higher casualties than those announced by Taliban authorities.

Since the Taliban took control over Afghanistan in August 2021, the Daesh group has increased its attacks on Taliban officials, foreign nationals and ordinary people, Khaama Press reported.

Austrian accused of espionage detained in Afghanistan

An Austrian man, who visited Afghanistan early this year, is presently detained in the country, Khaama Press reported citing the Austrian Foreign Ministry. The government verified in an email response to a question about the matter that the individual travelled to Afghanistan in May and was detained there. Austria has long recommended against visiting Afghanistan, it was mentioned in the email.

The details of the man’s identity and other information were not revealed due to data protection concerns. It did, however, declare that it has been “actively seeking a solution” since learning of the arrest and has been in contact with the man’s family on a regular basis.

Khaama Press cited a Der Standard report which said that the Austrian, identified as Herbert F, had a history of visiting dangerous places, including Afghanistan in the 1980s and Kurdish forces fighting the ISIS group in northern Syria a few years ago.

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