Mil­i­tants at­tack Shi­ite mosque, killing five

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

KABUL, Afghanistan — Mil­i­tants dis­guised as shep­herds who were tend­ing a flock of sheep at­tacked a Shi­ite mosque in Kabul on Fri­day as wor­ship­pers were leav­ing, killing five peo­ple and wound­ing at least 20 oth­ers, of­fi­cials said.

At least one of the at­tack­ers set off the ex­plo­sives he was car­ry­ing when he was con­fronted by se­cu­rity guards, and he was also killed in the ex­plo­sion. It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many mil­i­tants were in­volved in the at­tack, but po­lice ar­rested three sus­pects at the scene. The Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

Kabul and other ma­jor Afghan cities are on high alert be­fore Ashura, an an­nual Shi­ite com­mem­o­ra­tion of the mar­tyr­dom of prophet Muham­mad’s grand­son.

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