Casualties Feared After Attack on Shia Mosque in Kabul

Militants attack Shiite mosque in Kabul

"It was a busy time, in the middle of Friday prayer as the attack took place". The number of those who died and were injured is not yet clear, though reports have said some guards are confirmed dead.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said that after the blast at the Imam Zaman mosque in the Qala-Najara neighbourhood, three gunmen entered and began shooting.

The IS group's news outlet Amaq said IS militants had carried out a "commando" attack on the mosque.

More details are awaited. Other attackers then entered it.

Deadly attacks against Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan have increased in recent months, and a local affiliate of the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for many of them.

A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside Imam Zaman Mosque in Khair Khana neighbourhood at 1.30 p.m.


Officials said two blew themselves up and another two were shot by Afghan security forces.

Many explosions were later heard from the area during the clearance operation by the Crisis Response Unit.

The assault underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan as a resurgent Taliban steps up offensives across the country, while ISIL, known for carrying out sectarian attacks, expands its Afghan footprint.

Police said the siege in northern Kabul ended with all four attackers dead.

"Two Afghan police forces were martyred and two others were wounded and have been taken to hospital". They accuse police and troops of failing to protect them.

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