At least four people were killed and more than eight were wounded in an explosion inside a Shia mosque in west Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi area in Afghanistan on Thursday night, news agency Reuters reported. According to reports, the suicide blast took place amid Laylat Al-Qadr, a religious ceremony. Islamic state has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. Among the dead were at least three civilians and one police officer, while four civilians and four police were wounded.
As per a report from news agency AFP, the bomber blew himself up in the kitchen of the Al Zahra mosque after police disallowed him from entering the building, which at the time of the blast was packed with worshippers. Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman tweeted, “Terrorist attack on Al Zahra mosque in west of Kabul. Special forces have been sent to the area.”
Two gunmen and a suicide bomber tried to enter the Al Zahra mosque used by Kabul’s Shi’ite minority, but were blocked by police, setting off a gun battle, Danish said. They then took refuge in the mosque’s kitchen, where one detonated a bomb while the other two were killed by security forces, he added.
The Al Zahra mosque is used by Kabul’s Shi’ite minority, who have previously been targetted by suicide bombings, including an attack on a Shi’ite mosque in November that left more than 30 people dead, which IS later claimed responsibility for.