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Gunman opens fire on worshippers in Shiite mosque

At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on worshippers in a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday as they gathered for evening prayers, officials said.

“Ten bodies have been taken to hospitals in Kabul. The figures are changeable and we will release further details later,” Mohammad Ismail Kawusi, public relations director for the health ministry, told AFP.

The gunman opened fire on worshippers in a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday, police said, in the latest attack to hit the Afghan capital.

An attacker “entered the mosque in Police District 13 of Kabul city… (and) opened fire on worshippers,” Kabul Crime Branch chief General Mohammad Salim Almas told AFP, describing the gunman as a suicide bomber.

A spokesperson for the interior ministry said there had been an explosion at the Imam Zaman mosque “with possible casualties”.

“Investigative teams have been deployed. The cause and nature of the explosion have not been determined yet,” the spokesperson told AFP.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but recent assaults on Shiite mosques have been carried out by Islamic State militants.

The last attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul happened on September 29 as Muslims prepared to commemorate Ashura, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

Six people were killed when a suicide bomber posing as a shepherd blew him up near Hussainia mosque, one of the biggest Shiite centres in the city, as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers.


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