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Attackers target Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's Herat

Sept personnes au moins ont été tuées et quinze autres blessées ce mardi dans une explosion sans doute criminelle à l'entrée d'une mosquée historique d'Herat, en Afghanistan

Attackers, including a suicide bomber, targeted a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's main western city of Herat Tuesday, killing at least 20 people, according to hospital officials.

"At around 8:00pm (1530 GMT) tonight, a terrorist attack was carried out on a (Shiite) mosque in the third security district of Herat city," Herat police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said.

"Based on our initial information two terrorists were involved one of them wearing a suicide vest, who detonated himself while the second one was armed with a rifle. They are both dead," he added.

"More than 20 bodies, and more than 30 wounded have so far been brought to the hospital," hospital spokesman Rafeeq Shirzai told AFP, referring to the attack on the Jawadya mosque.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said ten people had been reported wounded in the attack which took place at the gate of Jawadya mosque in Herat city, which is close to the Iran border.

Danish initially said he thought it was a car bomb and tweeted that there was a possibility that it was a improvised explosive device.

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.

IS have been targeting Shiite minority crowds and mosques in Afghanistan for around a year.


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