The suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in the city of Jan Abad in the Afghan province of Kunduz on Friday has claimed at least 120 dead and 150 injured, according to the Afghan network Ariana News.
The jihadist group Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed responsibility for the attack. The UN Security Council issued a statement calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
“The members of the Security Council have emphasized the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terror to justice and bring them to justice,” said the letter distributed on Saturday.
The Taliban spokesman and Afghan Deputy Minister of Information, Zabihulá Mujahid, also promised in a statement quoted by Ariana News to “find and punish the perpetrators of this terrible crime.”
Mujahid himself denied on Friday that the jihadist group ISKP was “a threat” and stressed that it was more of a “headache”. “It causes headaches in some places, but it is resolved immediately after every incident,” he said.
In recent weeks, the Taliban authorities have announced the death and arrest of several suspected members of the jihadist group, which the Taliban regards as traitors to “Sharia” or Islamic law and which has advocated a much harsher interpretation.