It is the second week running that an attack has targeted Friday prayers at a Shia mosque. The majority of Afghans practice Sunni Islam.
The terror group ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack, according to a statement released by the group’s media wing, Amaq.
The Amaq statement claimed that two “Islamic State fighters,” Anas al-Khrasani and Abu Ali Al-Blushi, entered through the security gate of the mosque after killing the guards and blew themselves up amongst the worshippers.
CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of these claims.
“Terrorism continues in Afghanistan with at least 30 killed, scores injured, in suicide attack at Kandahar’s largest Shia mosque,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said of Friday’s attack.
Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid also condemned the incident in a statement, and said the perpetrators would be “brought to justice.”
ISIS-K has launched a series of attacks since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan two months ago. Others include a suicide attack at Kabul’s airport in August and a spate of bombings targeting members of the Taliban in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.