TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman condemned terrorist attacks in Afghanistan that killed dozens of Shiite Muslims in the province of Balkh and in capital Kabul over the past days.
Bahram Qassemi offered condolences to the Afghan government and nation and families of the victims of the terrorist attacks that killed more than 30 Shiite Muslims in Kabul and Balkh.
Targeting innocent civilians is a sign of the deep hatred that terrorists and their supporters feel toward Muslim unity, he deplored.
The Iranian spokesman then reminded regional and international players of the responsivity to fight against terrorism seriously and genuinely.
At least 14 Afghan civilians were killed in the bomb blast outside a mosque in northern Balkh province on Wednesday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
But the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group claimed responsibility for a similar attack on the Shiite community in Kabul on Tuesday.
At least 18 people were killed, according to a United Nations tally, by a gunman who entered the Karte Shakhi shrine and opened fire on a crowd of worshippers gathered for Ashura, marking the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shiite Imam, Imam Hussein (AS).
In Afghanistan, Shiite Muslims make up an estimated 15 percent of the population of about 30 million and most are ethnic Hazaras.
A Daesh attack on the ethnic minority on July 23 in Kabul killed 84 people and wounded 130 others.