Islamic State claimed responsibility for a fatal suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan, killing 47 people and injuring many others.
In a statement posted on social media late Friday, ISIS said that two members of the group shot security guards at the entrance to the Fatimiya Mosque in Kandahar Province.
One detonated his explosives at the entrance to the mosque and the other inside.
The IS news agency Amaq named the attackers in a statement as Anas al-Khurasani and Abu Ali al-Baluchi, both Afghan nationals.
The attack came a week after 46 people were killed in a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan in a bomb attack by the local IS affiliate.
Friday’s attack was the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since the United States’ dramatic exit, which enabled the Taliban to take control of the Afghan capital. It was also the group’s first major attack in the south of the country.
ISIS carries out frequent attacks in its eastern stronghold, but has recently shown signs of expansion with attacks in the north and in Kabul.
The attacks have challenged the Taliban’s ability to meet the growing threat posed by IS.
The Taliban have promised to restore peace and security after decades of war and have also assured the US that they will not allow the country to be used as a base for extremist attacks on other countries.