At least 20 killed, many injured in Afghanistan mosque explosion

01 August, 2017, 23:00 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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A bombing at a Shiite mosque in western Afghanistan's Herat city Tuesday killed and injured dozens of people, security officials said.

The blast, which struck the Jawadia mosque, coincided with evening prayers at around 20:00 local time (15:30 GMT).

A spokesman for the interior ministry had earlier said he suspected the explosion may have been caused by a auto bomb.

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The second bomber was among the crowd of worshippers when he blew himself up, Walizada said.

The attack started when one suicide bomber began firing on worshipers inside the mosque before blowing himself up, said Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman for the police chief.

Reuters also reported grenades were thrown during the attack, citing local police.

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A reporter for AFP said he had seen a number of bodies brought out of the mosque, leading to fears of a heavy death toll.

The attack comes a day after an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, which was claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), killed two people.

The source further added at least 25 have been killed and around 30 others have been wounded in the attack.

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Herat, close to the border with Iran, is considered one of Afghanistan's more peaceful cities.

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