Bomber, gunmen attack Shia Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul

26 August, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • The toll was confirmed by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission which condemned the attack on the Imam-e Zaman Mosque

Initial reports claimed that few gunmen entered the Mosque and an explosion was heard after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shiite mosque.

The IS-linked Aamaq news agency carried the claim on its website on Friday, while the attack in the Afghan capital was still developing.

It's at least the second time this month that ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack targeting Shiite worshippers in Afghanistan.

Imam Zaman is one of the main Shi'ite mosques in the area and more people attend mosques on a Friday, the Muslim holy day of the week.

Witnesses said they had thrown grenades, and police officials said a second suicide bomber struck among a group of women in the mosque.

"Several worshipers have been killed by the blast, let us hope it does not become a deadly attack", a security official source said.

It comes just one day after the top USA military commander in the country vowed to crush the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and urged the Taliban to join peace talks.

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At least two bodies and 15 wounded people had been brought to city hospitals, with ambulances retrieving more casualties at the scene, said Ismail Kawosi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.

The assault comes less than 24 hours after Donald Trump's top military commander in Afghanistan vowed to expunge ISIS and al-Qaeda from the country.

Pools of blood could be seen at the entrance to the medical facility.

Durrani says the Friday morning attack also left seven policemen wounded.

Shiites, a minority of about three million in overwhelmingly Sunni Afghanistan, have been targeted regularly by ISIL.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said there had been at least 14 victims after the attack, though the government did not specify how many were dead and how many were injured. They accuse police and troops of failing to protect them.

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