Suicide bombers attack two Afghan mosques, at least 72 dead

The bombings are the latest in a string of violent attacks on the country's Shi'ite minority.

By REUTERS
October 20, 2017 19:15
Damaged cars are seen after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017

Damaged cars are seen after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS)

KABUL - Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said.

One bomber walked into a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in the capital Kabul as people were praying on Friday night and detonated an explosive, one of the worshipers there, Mahmood Shah Husaini, said.

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At least 39 people died in the blast at the Imam Zaman mosque in the city's western Dasht-e-Barchi district, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

No group claimed responsibility. But Shi'ite Muslims have suffered a series of attacks in Afghanistan in recent months, many of them claimed by the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State.

Separately, a suicide bombing killed at least 33 people at a mosque in central Ghor province, a police spokesman said.

The attack appeared to target a local leader from the Jamiat political party, according to a statement from Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor, a leading figure in Jamiat.

Again, no one immediately claimed responsibility.


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