Militants attack Shiite mosque in Kabul

Afghanistan Suicide bomb goes off in Shai mosque in Kabul

A Shia mosque in Kabul is under attack as gunmen stormed the mosque while worshippers were at prayers, according to an Afghan official on Friday.

The mosque is now surrounded by Jamil, said Afghan security forces but they have not closed in on the building in an attempt to prevent further injury or death. On August 1, an attack claimed by ISKP on a Shia mosque in Herat killed at least 20 and wounded more than 30.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

In the claim, IS says two of its fighters, seeking martyrdom, carried out the assault.

Last month, the group attacked the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul and afterward issued a warning to all Shiites in Afghanistan, saying their places of worship would be targeted.

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A mother arrived at the security cordon, wailing and begging the police to let her proceed toward the mosque.

Over 80 others were wounded in the attack and meanwhile more than 100 others were rescued, the sources said. Sunni extremists consider Shiites to be heretics.

"The attack is over and the site has been cleaned up by our police", he said. Police reported casualties, but did not give specific details. Criminal acts such as murder committed by state security forces or armed groups as part of a widespread or systematic attack on a civilian population such as a religious minority are crimes against humanity.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said police were trying to clear the mosque. There has been no immediate comment from the Taliban.

"A terrorist attack occurred in the district of Qala-e-Najara, Kabul", said the deputy spokesman of the ministry of the Interior, Najib Danish.

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