Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Afghan capital Kabul

Fri 20 October 2017 15:39 GMT | 19:39 Local Time

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A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people inside a Shi‘ite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Oct. 20 night, a security official said, the latest in a string of violent attacks on the country’s Shi‘ite minority, Reuters reported.

The attack occurred at Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul, as Shi‘ite worshippers gathered for prayers.

A senior security official said the exact number of casualties was unknown but that security forces at the scene had removed at least 30 bodies.

Afghanistan’s Shi‘ite population has been heavily hit this year, with at least 84 people killed and 194 wounded in attacks on their mosques and religious ceremonies, according to a United Nations report released last week.

Among those were at least two attacks on mosques in Kabul in August and September.

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