Kabul attack: Islamic State gunmen, suicide bomber strike Shia mosque killing atleast 20

Time & Us
Last Updated: August 25, 2017 at 11:27 pm

Kabul: A suicide bomber detonated himself at the gate of a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital as other attackers stormed the building, killing at least 20 people as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, officials said.

The Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for an attack that is underway on a Shia mosque in Kabul.

A senior hospital official says at least 20 people were killed in the hours-long siege of a Shiite Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Mohammad Salim Rasouli, chief of Kabul’s hospitals, said at least 50 more were wounded, many of them children.

Some witnesses at the scene said the attackers threw grenades, while police officials said a suicide bomber detonated himself at the gate.

One witness said an attacker wearing a vest packed with explosives shot and killed the guards at the gate.

“At first a suicide bomber opened fire and martyred two security guards at the entrance of the mosque and then they entered inside,” Sayed Pacha told Reuters. “Some people escaped out of the mosque including women, but there were four attackers who managed to enter the mosque.”

Later explosions rocked the area, but their source was unclear.

The assault underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan as a resurgent Taliban steps up offensives across the country, while the Sunni Islamic State group, known for carrying out sectarian attacks, expands its Afghan footprint.

Last month dozens of people were killed and scores wounded after a Taliban-claimed car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees through a Shiite neighbourhood in the capital.