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39 dead, 45 wounded in Kabul mosque attack

39 dead, 45 wounded in Kabul mosque attack

Oct 20, 2017 - 22:36

KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber entered a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday and opened fire at worshippers before blowing himself up, killing nearly 40.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najibullah Danish told Pajhwok Afghan News 39 people were killed and 45 others wounded in the attack, citing information they had received so far.

He said all the victims were civilians and included women and children.

Daesh or so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack that follows a similar attack on another Shiite mosque on September 29.

In the latest sectarian attack, the suicide bomber detonated his explosives after entering Imam Zaman mosque in Pul-i-Khushk area during evening prayers in the limits of the 13 police district, according to witnesses,

A resident of the area, Daud Hussaini, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the suicide bomber blew himself up among the worshippers. He said it was a powerful blast that killed and wounded a large number of people.

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

Earlier, 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.