Sui­cide bomber kills 20 in large Shi­ite mosque

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

KABUL | A sui­cide bomber stormed into the largest Shi­ite Mus­lim mosque in Afghanistan’s Herat province Tues­day night, open­ing fire on wor­ship­pers be­fore blow­ing him­self up, killing at least 20 and wound­ing dozens more, said the pro­vin­cial gov­er­nor’s spokesman Jalani Farhad.

The at­tack took place in the mid­dle of evening prayers when the mosque was packed with about 300 wor­ship­pers.

Shi­ites are a mi­nor­ity in Afghanistan and have been threat­ened by the af­fil­i­ate of the Is­lamic State group that op­er­ates in the coun­try’s east.

No one im­me­di­ately claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack on the Jawa­dia Mosque.

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