The Rajabi family’s close relatives came to Kandahar from Kabul and Ghazni. They have gathered to attend the Fatiha (assembly convened to pray for the dead, reciting the first surah of the Quran) of Ezzatullah. Nemat Ullah Rajabi is mourning the loss of his son (Ezzatullah Rajabi). His son had been killed in the explosion at the Saidabad Grand Mosque in Kunduz on Friday (October 8th) at around 1:30 p.m.
On Friday morning, October 15, Nemat Ullah Rajabi held a Fatiha (mourning ceremony) for his young son at the Bibi Fatema Mosque in Kandahar. After the ceremony, he attended Friday prayers with a number of his friends and relatives from Kabul and Ghazni.
“When the ceremony was over, my uncle and some guests attended the Friday prayers,” said Ali Shah, Nemat Ullah’s nephew. “It was 1:00 in the afternoon when an explosion took place in the mosque. I ran from home to the mosque, witnessing that the mosque was destroyed and my uncle was martyred.”
Nemat Ullah Rajabi’s house is two minutes away from the mosque.
They always attended Friday prayers. Nemat Ullah is killed in this explosion. Beside him, Maisam, the twelve-year-old son of Ezzatullah Rajabi, was also severely injured. Two other close relatives of the Rajabi family, who had traveled from Kabul to Kandahar, were also wounded in the ISKP attacks on the Bibi Fatima Mosque. Maisam is in a coma; Others are better, Ali Shah said. He called on the Taliban to provide the people with security, do not promise what you cannot deliver.
Rajabi’s family is originally from the Waghiz district of Ghazni province. Finding food has forced them to leave their homeland, dispersing them to Kandahar and Kunduz. Ezzatullah had a semi-higher education and started a Veterinary pharmacy in Kunduz about three years ago. He lived with his family of four away from his parents in Kunduz. Ezzatullah’s father had been living in Kandahar for about 30 years. He was running a shop.
Zia, Ezzatullah’s older brother, who lost his young brother and father during a week, is worried and sad.
“It looks like My backbone has broken,” he said at his father’s funeral. “The hope of my life was my father and brother. How can I live without them?”
Zia also attended the Friday prayers.
“I was sitting in a corner,” he says. “When the explosion occurred, I first remembered the suicide attack at Kunduz Grand Mosque. Once the firing started, it sounded like a rocket again. I did not get it. When I stood, I saw that the bodies had fallen in the mosque. I searched among the bodies to find my father.”
Zia buried his father with a group of friends on Saturday, October 16. The grief of the loss of his brother and father has made him very sad. He is now worried about the health of Maisam, his nephew.
An ISKP member blew himself up at the Bibi Fatemeh Mosque in Kandahar, killing 62 people and wounding 68 others.
Bilal Karimi, a spokesman for the Taliban government, said they were working hard to “eradicate the sedition of this savage group” from the country. “Three nights ago, a very important ISKP base with very sinister plans was completely destroyed,” he added. “All members of the group were killed or arrested at the base.”
The Taliban called the attack on Shiite worshipers in Kandahar a “major crime”, adding that the incident was being investigated and that the perpetrators would be punished soon.
At least 150 civilians were killed and about 200 others were injured in an ISKP attack on Shiite worshipers in Kunduz a week ago.
ISKP attacks on Shiites have provoked widespread international condemnations. In response to the attack in Kandahar, the United Nations said that terrorism is still a threat to Afghanistan.
The United Nations in a statement condemned the October 15 attack, calling it “cruel” and stressing for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. The US State Department has also strongly condemned the attack, adding that the Afghan people have the right to live in peace and security. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that the organizers of such attacks intended to escalate sectarians violence and civil wars.
“We condemn this inhumane act of terrorism and expect its organizers to be tracked down and properly punished,” she added.
Afghanistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations has also condemned the attacks on the Shiite community in Afghanistan. Despite these deadly explosions, the Taliban seem to be reluctant to take any measures to secure the Shiites.