Blast hits Kabul mosque, several dead

Violet Tucker
October 21, 2017

At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on worshippers in a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday as they gathered for evening prayers, officials said.

As Shia worshippers gathered for prayers, the suicide bomber attacked the mosque, situated in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul.

The blast happened as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers.

It noted the toll may rise as several injured people remained in critical condition.

In August, more than 40 Shia Muslims were killed in Kabul when Daesh terrorists attacked a mosque packed with worshipers.

The second blast targeted a mosque in the central province of Ghor, leaving at least 20 people dead, said Iqbal Nezami, a spokesman for the Ghor provincial police.

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The Afghan government has been losing ground to the Taliban over the last two-and-half-years and now controls only 57 percent of the country, according to the office of United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Ten attackers were killed in the assault.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for either attack.

Two auto bombs exploded at the gate of the police headquarters, Danish said.

On Tuesday, at least 41 people were killed and scores were injured in an attack on police headquarters in the Paktia provincial capital of Gardez, located in eastern Afghanistan.

Afterward, five attackers entered the building and a five-hour gunfight ensued.

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