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Mosque Damaged, Quran Destroyed In Daesh Attack

Friday's attacl carried out by Daesh left over 50 people dead and caused substantial damage to the mosque and destroyed religious books including the Quran.

Substantial damage was sustained to the Imam Zaman mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul city and many religious books and the Holy Quran were destroyed in Friday's suicide bombing which killed over 50 worshippers.

The attack, which Daesh claimed responsibility for, happened on Friday while dozens of people were at the mosque for evening prayers.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives among the worshippers - leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation.

"It was a very bitter incident. Those who were saved were crying," Sayed Omar, an eyewitness said.

"Those who do such actions do not believe in religion, mosques or the Quran. It is a mosque, not a place for suicides and explosions," Ali Asghar, a resident of the area said.

On Saturday morning Kabul's municipality workers arrived at the mosque to clean up the scene.

Angry residents of Dasht-e-Barchi meanwhile blasted government for its inability to maintain security. They said government has an obligation to ensure people's safety and it should carry out its responsibility properly.

"The public's political consciousness is being questioned - about where society is going, where it has fallen and about its indifference to such incidents," Aziz Royesh, a teacher said.

This comes about two months after the massive attack on the Imam Zaman mosque in Khair Khana in Kabul's PD11, which killed over thirty people - another attack that Daesh claimed responsibility for.

[Source: Tolo News, Kabul, 21Oct17]

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