At least 10 dead in Kabul Shiite mosque attack

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2017

Over thirty people were killed after a suicide bomber targeted a mosque in the western parts of Kabul city earlier this evening.

A spokesperson for the interior ministry said there had been an explosion at the Imam Zaman mosque "with possible casualties". "The attacker opened fire on worshippers", Kabul Crime Branch chief General Mohammad Salim Almas told AFP.

Kabul Police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid has confirmed the explosion, however, he said the type of blast is unknown.

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

However, the group has carried out numerous similar attacks on the mosques in the city, mainly targeting the gatherings of the Shi'ite Muslims.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

It has been a brutal week in Afghanistan, with more than 70 killed, mostly policemen and Afghan soldiers but also civilians as militant attacks have surged.

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