Afghan official blast at Shiite mosque kills 20

Afghanistan mosque explosion
DS ATTACK At least 20 people were killed in the blast

02 August, 2017

However Mehdi Hadid, a lawmaker from Herat, who went to the site soon after the explosion told The Associated Press that the scene was one of horrific carnage.

Reuters quoted hospital authorities in Herat as saying that all the dead and wounded were worshipping in the mosque when a suicide bomber blew himself up.

The toll was likely to rise as many among the injured remained in critical condition.

Shiites Muslims are a minority in Afghanistan and have been threatened by the Islamic State group that operates in the country's east.

At least 20 people were killed on Tuesday as a result of a bomb explosion in Afghanistan's provincial capital of Herat, Tolo News television reported.

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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. The explosion happened at the Baqir-ul-uloom mosque in the Darul Aman area as people gathered for a religious ceremony.

He said at least 25 others who sustained injuries in the attack were also shifted to the hospital for the treatment.

Officials initially said two attackers had been involved in the incident, but in a statement issued by the governor, he said only one had been involved.

A security source, who declined to be named, said IS could prove to be more risky than the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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