Blast in mosque kills 15 in Afghanistan

Jerome Frank
August 1, 2017

The blast, which struck the Jawadia mosque, coincided with evening prayers at around 20:00 local time (15:30 GMT).

A security source told Khaama Press at least 20 people were killed, and another 30 were injured and transported to nearby health facilities.

Reuters also reported grenades were thrown during the attack, citing local police.

The second bomber was among the crowd of worshipers when he blew himself up, Walizada said. "They are both dead", he added.

The attack started when one suicide bomber began firing on worshippers inside the mosque before blowing himself up, said Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman for the police chief.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack to hit Afghanistan, which has seen more than 1,700 civilian deaths so far this year.

Herat officials said in addition to those killed, over 60 people were wounded in the attack.

The incident comes just a week after a massive blast rocked the Afghan capital, Kabul.

In May, a huge bombing in the centre of the city killed more than 150 people, the deadliest militant attack in the country since US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in 2001.

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