Bombings Hit Two Mosques in Afghanistan, at Least 50 Killed

Randall Padilla
Октября 21, 2017

Six people were killed when a suicide bomber posing as a shepherd blew him up near Hussainia mosque, one of the biggest Shia centres in Kabul, as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers.

The attacker invaded the "Imam Zaman" mosque in the western district of Dash-e-Barshi in Kabul, where Shiite worshipers had gathered for prayer.

The explosion occurred at around 6:30pm when the worshippers were doing the evening prayer.

A suicide bomb explosion ripped through a mosque in the Afghanistan's capital on Friday causing several casualties, witnesses said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told Khaama Press 39 people died and at least 45 people sustained injuries.

Soon after the blast, he said, security forces reached the area and started evacuating the dead and wounded to hospitals.

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Later the police spokesman announced that 33 worshippers were killed.

A security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that at least 30 people were killed and 20 more injured in the blast.

"We wish Allah's mercy upon those who lost their lives, a speedy recovery to the wounded, and convey our condolences to the brotherly government and people of Afghanistan".

No group immediately took credit for the attack, but the Islamic State militant group has recently claimed responsibility for similar attacks.

The attacks cap one of the bloodiest weeks in Afghanistan in recent memory, with more than 120 people killed and hundreds more wounded in four separate Taliban attacks on police and military bases.

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