Kabul: Suicide bomber kills 28, injures 45 at Shiite mosque

The Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement that a suicide attack had taken place inside the Baqir-ul Ulom mosque in western Kabul

FP Staff November 21, 2016 16:08:39 IST
Kabul: Suicide bomber kills 28, injures 45 at Shiite mosque

A suicide bomber killed at least 28 people inside a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul officials and eyewitnesses said.

The Public Health Ministry said that at least 45 others were wounded.

Kabul Suicide bomber kills 28 injures 45 at Shiite mosque

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"I was in the mosque, the people were offering prayers. Suddenly I heard a bang and windows broke. I had no idea what had happened. I rushed out screaming," Ali Jan told AFP. Police cordoned off the area around the Baqirul Olum mosque in the west of the Afghan capital.

Faredoon Obiadi, head of the criminal investigation department for the Kabul police, said Monday that at least 35 others were wounded in the attack.

The Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement that a suicide attack had taken place inside the Baqir-ul Ulom mosque in western Kabul. Obiadi added that the attacker was on foot and detonated his suicide vest among the crowds inside the mosque. Reportedly, the attacker entered the Baqir ul Olum mosque during a ceremony, the interior ministry said in a statement. "I was in the mosque, the people were offering prayers. Suddenly I heard a bang and windows broke. I had no idea what had happened. I rushed out screaming," Ali Jan told AFP.  Worshippers were gathering to mark the Shiite ceremony of Arbaeen, which comes 40 days after the major festival of Ashura.

Worshippers were gathering to mark the Shiite ceremony of Arbaeen, which comes 40 days after the major festival of Ashura. Ashura commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who was assassinated in the year 680.

In July, more than 80 people were killed in an attack on a demonstration by the mainly Shia Hazara minority that was claimed by Islamic State militants. On 16 November, 2016, a suicide bomber on foot struck a government vehicle, killing at least six people and wounded several others, in an attack claimed by the IS.

A week before the 16 November attack, four people were killed and 128 others were wounded after a suicide bomber used and rode a bus laded with explosives into the German consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, says a report in AlJazeera. No group has yet claimed responsibility for Monday's blast.

With inputs from agencies

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