Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Kabul Shia mosque blast kills dozens

Kabul Shia mosque blast kills dozens

A gunman opened fire on worshippers in a Shia mosque in Kabul before he detonated explosives on Friday, police said, in the latest attack to hit the Afghan capital.

Friday's attack comes just days after police in Kabul said they had arrested a would-be suicide truck bomber, averting a major incident.

Eyewitnesses told local media that more than 30 people had been killed and around 50 others wounded in the attack but those figures could not be immediately verified.

The blast happened as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers.

However, recent assaults on Shia mosques have been carried out by the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

Ministry of Public Health spokesman Mohammad Ismaeel Kawosi told Anadolu Agency several people were also wounded in the attack. The attack took place when people inside the mosque were observing prayers.

Dasht-e-Barchi is a sprawling neighbourhood in the west of Kabul where the majority of people are ethnic Hazaras, who are mostly Shiite Muslims, a minority in Afghanistan, which is a Sunni majority nation.

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