Dozens feared dead in attacks in Afghanistan

Dozens of people have been killed in two separate attacks at Shia mosques in Afghanistan.

In one attack, an armed man opened fire on worshippers in a Shia mosque in Kabul, police said on Friday.

A man “entered the mosque in Police District 13 of Kabul city… [and] opened fire on worshippers,” General Mohammad Salim Almas, Kabul crime branch chief, told AFP news agency, describing the attacker as a suicide bomber.

A spokesperson for the interior ministry confirmed there had been an explosion at the Imam Zaman mosque “with possible casualties”.

“Investigative teams have been deployed. The cause and nature of the explosion have not been determined yet,” the spokesperson told AFP.

The other attack was at a Shia mosque in the central province of Ghor. At least 10 people reportedly were killed in that incident.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s attacks but recent assaults on Shia mosques have been carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

The last attack at a Shia mosque in Kabul happened on September 29 as the faithful prepared to commemorate Ashura, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

Six people were killed when a suicide bomber posing as a shepherd blew him up near Hussainia mosque, one of the biggest Shia centres in Kabul, as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers.

SOURCE:AFP

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