Kabul attack: ‘Blast and gunfire’ at Shia mosque

Kabul attack: ‘Blast and gunfire’ at Shia mosque

  • 15 June 2017
  • From the section Asia

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There has been an explosion at mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul in an area dominated by minority Shia Muslims, officials have confirmed.

The Interior Ministry has called the incident at the al-Zahra mosque, located on the western outskirts of the city, a “terrorist attack”.

Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh told Reuters there were casualties.

The attack comes during the holy month of Ramadan.

An attack last month in Kabul killed 90 people when a suicide attacker detonated a bomb hidden inside a tanker truck close to the heavily protected diplomatic area during the morning rush hour.

Some 400 people were injured by the blast, which left a deep crater.

No group has said it carried out that attack but Taliban militants denied being involved.

Recent bomb attacks in Kabul have been claimed either by the Taliban or so-called Islamic State (IS).