Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Explosion near mosque kills 10 in Afghanistan's Ghor province

At least 30 killed in suicide bombing at Kabul mosque Reuters Reuters
Kelvin Reese | 21 October, 2017, 00:54

No fewer than 30 persons have been feared killed after a suicide bomber hit Shi'ite mosque in Kabul on Friday.

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 happened when the worshippers were inside the mosque", the Khaama Press quoted Ghor governor's spokesman Abdul Hai Khatibi as saying.

It noted the toll may rise as several injured people remained in critical condition.

The second blast targeted a mosque in the central province of Ghor, leaving at least 20 people dead, said Iqbal Nezami, a spokesman for the Ghor provincial police.

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"We learned with sorrow that many were killed and more wounded in attacks at mosques in the Kabul and Ghor provinces of Afghanistan, today", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The two attacks are the latest in the country, where Afghan and coalition forces have been squaring off for years with Islamic militants, including the Taliban and ISIS - both Sunni movements.

On Thursday, Taliban insurgents killed 43 Afghan soldiers at an army camp in southern Kandahar province.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for either attack. In April, a deadly raid on a northern army base left as many as 140 feared dead.

He said the suicide bomber blew himself up among the worshippers.

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