Sui­cide bomber at­tacks wor­ship­pers at mosque

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A sui­cide bomber blew him­self up out­side a mosque in the Afghan cap­i­tal yes­ter­day, killing five peo­ple and wound­ing 29 oth­ers, au­thor­i­ties said, in the lat­est at­tack to tar­get the coun­try’s mi­nor­ity Shi­ites.

Mo­ham­mad Salim Ra­suli, chief of Kabul hos­pi­tals, con­firmed the fa­tal­i­ties from the at­tack, which came as wor­ship­pers were leav­ing the Hus­sainia Mosque in cen­tral Kabul af­ter Fri­day prayers. Po­lice of­fi­cer Ab­dul Rah­man said the at­tacker blew him­self up on the street about 1,000 yards from the mosque.

Po­lice of­fi­cial Sadiq Mu­radi said po­lice con­fronted the at­tacker as he came through a check­point near the holy site, call­ing for him to stop. But that’s when he ig­nited his ex­plo­sives, blow­ing him­self up.

Mir Hus­sain Nasiri, a mem­ber of Kabul’s Shi­ite cler­ics coun­cil, told The As­so­ci­ated Press the at­tacker was dis­guised as a sheep­herder.

Mo­ham­mad Is­mail, po­lice chief of Kabul’s 10th district, said a sec­ond per­son sus­pected of in­volve­ment was in cus­tody.

Afghan Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Ashraf Ghani con­demned the at­tack in a state­ment, say­ing the “ter­ror­ists” tar­geted civil­ians and their holy place, which shows the at­tack­ers “are against hu­man­ity and anti-re­li­gion and faith.”

No one im­me­di­ately claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, which took place two days be­fore the Mus­lim holy day of Ashura. But Afghanistan has en­dured a se­ries of large-scale at­tacks in re­cent months tar­get­ing mi­nor­ity Shi­ites for which the Sunni-dom­i­nated Is­lamic State group af­fil­i­ate in Afghanistan has taken re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Also yes­ter­day, an Afghan of­fi­cial said a Tal­iban at­tack on a po­lice check­point left five po­lice dead in west­ern Farah province.

Iqbal Ba­her, spokesman for the pro­vin­cial chief of po­lice, said two oth­ers were wounded when the mil­i­tants launched their at­tack early yes­ter­day in Bala Bluk district. Ba­her said re­in­force­ments from the Afghan na­tional army ar­rived af­ter sev­eral hours of fight­ing and pushed the Tal­iban fight­ers out of the district. He said the Afghan air force struck three Tal­iban ve­hi­cles as they tried to es­cape, killing at least 20 of the mil­i­tants.


DEADLY AT­TACK: Se­cu­rity forces, above, in­spect the site of a sui­cide at­tack out­side a Shi­ite mosque in Kabul. An Afghan po­lice­man stands guard, be­low.


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