A devastating attack took place in northern Afghanistan on Friday after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque, killing dozens and injuring many more.
According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, the attack took place in the province of Kunduz and comes as the third such attack on a religious institution this week for the nation.
The Islamic State has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack and according to the state-run news agency the group claimed to have killed 46 and wounded 143 during the blast.
However, two health officials told Reuters news agency that the death toll was thought to be between 70 and 80 for the brutal attack. Footage of the event shows bodies piled up with debris from the attack inside of the mosque that was commonly used by the minority Shi’ite Muslim community.
“The blast, which the United Nations’ mission in Afghanistan called part of a disturbing pattern of violence, follows others in recent days at a mosque in Kabul and a religious school in the eastern province of Khost,” the Post reported.
These attacks come on the heels of the United States withdrawal from the country just over a month ago, which gave rise to the Taliban once again seizing control of the Middle East nation.
“This afternoon, an explosion took place in a mosque of our Shiite compatriots … as a result of which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
According to multiple reports, there have been a number of similar attacks in recent weeks, several of which the Islamic State and its Sunni Muslim fighters have taken the credit for.