Blast in Shi'ite mosque kills 20 in Afghanistan

Aug 02, 2017, 00:25
Blast in Shi'ite mosque kills 20 in Afghanistan

One doctor told the Associated Press news agency that 20 bodies had been transported to his hospital. "They are both dead", he added.

The blast hit the entrance of the Jawadya mosque on Tuesday evening.

Some local Afghan media reports put the death toll at 33.

Hadid said he saw several pieces of a body that was being identified as the assailant.

Tolo-TV reported that the first attacker detonated his explosives outside of the mosque and a second attacker opened fire on worshippers who were inside the mosque at the time of the blast.

In recent months, Daesh has been making inroads in Afghanistan through alliances with local militant outfits.

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The attack comes a day after an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, which was claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), killed two people.

Herat, close to the border with Iran, is considered one of Afghanistan's more peaceful cities.

The mosque was attended by the members of the local Shiite minority.

In November 2016, a bomber blown himself up inside a Shiite mosque in Kabul, killing at least 27 people and wounding dozens of others.

He said at least 25 others who sustained injuries in the attack were also shifted to the hospital for the treatment.

Afghanistan's national unity government said it strongly condemned the Herat attack, describing it in a statement as an "anti-Islam act".