Four killed in Kabul’s Al Zahra mosque attack, IS claims responsibility

The bomber blew himself up in the kitchen of the mosque after police disallowed him from entering the building, which at the time of the blast was packed with worshippers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2017 3:47 am
kabul mosque blast, kabul explosion, Shia mosque, Afghanistan , kabul, kabul suicide blast Security forces respond at the site of a suicide attack on a Shiites mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jun 15, 2017. A suicide bomber struck outside a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul late Thursday night, killing a leader of Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras, Hajji Ramazan Hussainzada, and others. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

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.”

A policeman stands guard at the site of a suicide attack on a Shiites mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jun 15, 2017. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

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.

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    RAZA
    Jun 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    Condolences to the martyred persons families. The terrorists and their families and masters should be punished and sent to Hell, to sa uard innocent people. Imam Ali A.S said all humans are brothers in religion or brothers in humanity. the enemies of Imam Ali a.s are the hate mongers and terrorists. On the death anniversary of Imam Ali a.s, pray that peace prevails and hate is defeated. Amen
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    IslamForFooools
    Jun 16, 2017 at 7:49 am
    Inka Allah daru pike aur pork khake so Gaya hai, for sure. #RAMZAN BOMBATHON
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    No.country
    Jun 16, 2017 at 12:55 am
    Sensational!!!
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