Bomber, gunmen attack Shia Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul

26 August, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • An Afghan policeman keeps guard the the site of attack in Kabul Afghanistan

The jihadists of the group islamic State have claimed responsibility for the beginning of August the attack in full prayer of a shi'a mosque in Herat, during which at least 33 people had been killed.

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shia mosque in Kabul on Friday in what officials said was an ongoing attack, officials said. "The attack is over and the site has been cleaned up by our police", deputy spokesman Najib Danish told AFP, confirming three attackers were killed by security forces.

A blast was reportedly followed by gunfire as worshipers gathered for Friday prayers at the mosque in Qala-Najara.

Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The IS affiliate in Afghanistan said through its Aamaq news agency that two of its fighters carried out the assault, seeking martyrdom.

The last attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul, in June, left at least six dead.

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Eyewitnesses told TOLOnews that the attackers killed the guards & entered the mosque at 1:15pm. Sunni extremists consider Shiites to be heretics.

In southern Kandahar province Friday, Afghan security forces repulsed a Taliban attack on an outpost overnight, according to provincial police chief's spokesman, Zia Durrani.

He said at least thirty civilians, 7 personnel of the special forces of the police forces, and a personal of the public order police forces were among those wounded.

The number of casualties may rise, since the ministry has not yet received reports from all health centres in Kabul, Kawoosi added.

The summer fighting season in Afghanistan has seen relentless Taliban attacks as the insurgents battle to expand their footprint.

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