A blast targeted a mosque in Kunduz city in the northern province of Kunduz, inflicting casualties on worshippers. 

The explosion took place during Friday prayers, according to TOLONews. 

The deputy minister of information and culture, Zabiullah Mujahid, confirmed the incident.

“Today in the afternoon, in the Khanabad Bandar area in the capital city of Kunduz, a blast targeted a mosque belonging to our Shia citizens, which martyred and wounded a number of our compatriots,” he said on October 8. 

No specific numbers of casualties are yet available, TOLONews said.

Meanwhile, some media outlets, citing Afghan media reports, say a powerful explosion in a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of approximately 100 people. 

According to reports, Sayed Abad Mosque in the Kunduz province was reportedly hit with the blast at 1:30 pm local time during the weekly Friday prayer service. 

The Associated Press (AP) reports that there was no immediate claim for the blast in Kunduz province, but Islamic State militants reportedly have a long history of attacking Afghanistan’s Shiite Muslim minority.

The Taliban leadership has been grappling with a growing threat from the local Islamic State affiliate, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan. IS militants have ramped up attacks to target their rivals, including two deadly bombings in Kabul.

IS has also targeted Afghanistan’s religious minorities in attacks.