Published On: Wed, Aug 2nd, 2017

Blast in Shi’ite mosque kills 20 in Afghanistan

Kabul: At least 20 people were killed and 30 others wounded after a blast ripped through a Shi’ite mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat city on Tuesday night, an official said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far

“The explosion occurred in Jawadia Mosque in Baqer Abad neighbourhood. The explosion took place when night prayer was underway and people were arriving in the building,” the official said.

According to a local police spokesman, Abdulhai Walizada, there appeared to be more than one attacker, with a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and another who threw grenades at worshippers.

“The initial information found 15 people were killed and 17 others injured,” Mohammad Rafiq Sherzia, spokesman of Herat Regional Hospital said.

The toll was likely to rise as many among the injured remained in critical condition.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.


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