Afghanistan continues to suffer from terrorist attacks: The risk of insecurity under the Taliban

Many fear a new era of insecurity in Afghanistan under the Taliban as the Islamic State group Khorasan (IS-K) is trying to expand its influence in the country.

The scene of a mosque after an explosion in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 8, 2021. Photo: Reuters
The scene of a mosque after an explosion in Kunduz, Afghanistan on October 8, 2021. Photo: Reuters

As of today (October 16), a suicide bombing at a mosque in the southern city of Kandahar has killed at least 47 people and injured 70. It was the bloodiest day since the Taliban took over Afghanistan after foreign forces withdrew.

Immediately after the bombing, the Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K) claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a statement posted on Telegram channels, the Islamic State Khorasan terrorist organization said that two suicide bombers carried out separate attacks on areas of the mosque while the The believer is praying inside.

According to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, security forces are investigating and arresting the perpetrators to bring them to trial according to Islamic law. The Taliban also sent a Special Force to Kandahar to ensure security and call on people to donate blood for the wounded.

The international community also condemned the bloody bombing of civilians in Afghanistan yesterday. The Iranian Foreign Ministry expressed hope that the Taliban leaders would take decisive action to prevent similar terrorist attacks in the future. The United Nations mission in Afghanistan called on those who carried out the bombing to be held accountable for their actions.

The IS-K bombings come at a time when the Taliban are facing the daunting task of running a country ravaged by war for four decades. Taliban officials downplayed the threat posed by IS-K and dismissed suggestions they could accept US help to fight the group. However, in just two short months since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, a series of suicide bombings carried out by IS-K such as the one in the city of Kunduz that killed dozens of people and An explosion in the capital Kabul left 12 dead and 32 injured. These bombings serve as reminders of the threat that IS-K poses in Afghanistan.

The people of Afghanistan are concerned: “We have not heard anything other than news of deadly bombings. Last week, my brother died in a bombing in Kunduz. We don't go out to make money, but we come here to pray. What did we do to deserve such pain?”

"Many of my relatives were killed in the bombing at the mosque. This shows that the enemies are not wanting the Afghan people to live in peace and stability."

Yesterday, Russian President Putin also warned of the risk of a wave of insurgents from Iraq and Syria flooding into Afghanistan, destabilizing regional security. According to President Putin, Russian intelligence services estimate that the number of IS-K members in northern Afghanistan alone is about 2,000. The Russian side hopes the Taliban will handle this threat.

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