Bombings Hit Two Mosques in Afghanistan, at Least 50 Killed

Tammy Harvey
October 21, 2017

Suicide attackers in Afghanistan killed almost 60 people at two mosques Friday - one in the Afghan capital of Kabul and the other in the central province of Ghor.

In one attack, an armed man opened fire on worshippers in a Shia mosque in Kabul, police said on Friday.

The blast occurred in Kabul's Imam Zaman mosque as Shiite worshippers gave evening prayers in the western Dasht-e-Barchi district of the city.

The Afghan government has been losing ground to the Taliban over the last two-and-half-years and now controls only 57 percent of the country, according to the office of United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Eyewitnesses told local media that more than 30 people had been killed and around 50 others wounded in the attack but those figures could not be immediately verified.

The blast happened as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers.

Sectarian tensions have raged for some time between members of the Sunni and Shiite denominations of Islam.

Recent attacks have mostly been carried out by ISIS, though again they are generally quick to claim responsibility, and they are far from the only group in and around Afghanistan that targets Shi'ites as a matter of course. Ten attackers were killed in the assault. In April, a deadly raid on a northern army base left as many as 140 feared dead.

Afterward, five attackers entered the building and a five-hour gunfight ensued.

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