Deaths as suicide bomber attacks Shia mosque in Kabul

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A suicide bomber has blown himself up inside a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 27 people and wounding dozens of others.

The explosion happened at the Baqer-ul-uloom mosque in the Darul Aman area as people gathered to mark the end of an important religious period.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told Al Jazeera 27 people were killed and many others wounded, and the death toll was likely to rise.

 

Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of the Kabul police Criminal Investigation Department, said the bomber mingled among the crowd on the first floor of the two-story mosque where he detonated his explosives.

“I heard a blast and dust covered the whole mosque,” worshipper Nadir Ali told AFP news agency.

“When the dust settled down, I saw the mosque was full of flesh and blood. I was injured in my waist and had to crawl out of the mosque.”

The United Nations said in a statement at least 32 had been killed and more than 50 wounded, including many children. It described the attack as “an atrocity”.

President Ashraf Ghani in a statement condemned the “barbaric” attack.

Several police vehicles raced from the scene and ferried the wounded to hospital.

Aljazeera

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