At least 30 dead and 45 wounded in gun and bomb attack on Kabul mosque


A gunman opened fire on worshippers in a Shia mosque in Kabul before he detonated explosives on Friday, police said, in the latest attack to hit the Afghan capital.

“A suicide bomber entered the mosque in Police District 13 of Kabul city. The attacker opened fire on worshippers,” Kabul Crime Branch chief Gen Mohammad Salim Almas told AFP.

An Afghan official at the interior ministry said the suicide bombing killed at least 30 people and wounded 45.

Major Gen Alimast Momand said the attacker was on foot and walked into the mosque in the city’s Dashti Barch area where he detonated his explosives.

The head of the area’s Isteqlal Hospital, Mohammad Sabir Nassib, says it had received the bodies of two people slain in the attack as well as two wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility so far.

On Tuesday, two attacks in southeast Afghanistan killed 80 people and wounded nearly 300 in the bloodiest day in the war-torn country in almost five months.

At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on a military base in Kandahar on Thursday. All three of the attacks targeted security forces and were claimed by the Taliban.


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