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At Least 12 People Killed In Kabul Shi'ite Mosque Attack


Afghan officials say at least 12 people were killed after militants stormed a Shi’ite mosque in the capital, Kabul, in an attack claimed by the extremist group Islamic State (IS).

Police and witnesses reported that there were sounds of explosions and gunfire at the scene of the August 25 attack, but details remained sketchy.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish told RFE/RL that a “terrorist attack” took place at around 1:20 p.m. at the Imam Zaman Mosque in Kabul’s Qala-e Najara area where worshippers had gathered for Friday prayers.

Danish said that 14 civilians were killed or injured, including women and children. He also reported the deaths of two police officers.

A cleric who was leading the service in the mosque was among those killed, according to reports.

Meanwhile, police official Mohammed Sadique Muradi said the hours-long attack ended with all four attackers dead.

Two of them blew themselves up and another two were later shot by Afghan security forces, Muradi said.

Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid said a suicide bomber "detonated himself inside the mosque.

An unidentified police official quoted witnesses as reporting a blast followed by gunfire.

Other witnesses said that gunmen threw grenades before entering the mosque.

The IS-linked Amaq news agency said the group’s affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shi’a are a minority in Afghanistan who have been threatened and attacked in the past by various Sunni militant groups -- including IS and Taliban extremists.

Last month, IS militants attacked the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul that killed two local employees and later threatened to attack Shi’ite places of worship in Afghanistan.

And on August 1, at least 32 people were killed and more than 60 injured by a suicide bomber and a gunman who targeted a Shi’ite mosque in the western city of Herat in an attack claimed by the IS group.

The August 25 assault comes after President Donald Trump outlined earlier this week the new U.S. strategy for the war-torn country.

It also underscores increased insecurity in Afghanistan as a resurgent Taliban steps up offensives across the country.



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Muslim Global: At Least 12 People Killed In Kabul Shi'ite Mosque Attack
At Least 12 People Killed In Kabul Shi'ite Mosque Attack
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