At least 20 killed in blast at Afghanistan mosque

Afghanistan mosque explosion

One doctor told the Associated Press news agency that 20 bodies had been transported to his hospital. Both are dead, a local police spokesperson told AFP.

"There has been an explosion at the gate of Jawadya mosque in Herat city, possible caused by a auto bomb".

Local officials say that the death toll is expected to rise.

He reported seeing a body torn to pieces at the entrance, possibly that of the attacker, while others were lying in pools of blood inside, some still crying and moving. Although it's not clear if there was a second attacker, witnesses in the area reported hearing a second explosion about 10 minutes after the initial bomber detonated his explosives.

A security source, who declined to be named, said IS could prove to be more unsafe than the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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No one immediately claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on Herat's Jawadia Mosque.

Herat, close to the border with Iran, is considered one of Afghanistan's more peaceful cities.

The incident comes just a week after a massive blast rocked the Afghan capital, Kabul.

On June 15, a terrorist attack on a Shia community mosque in capital Kabul involving at least two suicide bombers killed at least six people.

Afghanistan's national unity government said it strongly condemned the Herat attack, describing it in a statement as an "anti-Islam act".

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