Blast in Shi'ite mosque kills 20 in Afghanistan

On July 24, over two dozen people were killed and more than 40 wounded after a vehicle bomb attack claimed by the Taliban struck a bus transporting government employees through a Shiite neighborhood in the capital Kabul.

"More than 20 bodies, and more than 30 wounded have so far been brought to the hospital", after the mosque attack, Rafeeq Shirzai, a spokesman for the hospital, told AFP.

Abdulhai Walizada, a local police spokesman, said there appeared to be more than one attacker on Tuesday, with witnesses describing a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and at least one other, a gunman who threw grenades at worshippers.

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The toll was likely to rise as many among the injured remained in critical condition.

One year ago, a massive bomb blast killed at least 84 people, majority Shiite Hazara, as they were holding a rally to demand better life conditions.

Other local reports suggested a combined explosion and gunfire attack.

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The mosque was attended by the members of the local Shiite minority.

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

ISIS has been expanding its footprint in eastern Afghanistan and has recently claimed responsibility for several devastating attacks in Kabul.

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The attackers, who are both dead, targeted the mosque while around 300 people were inside.


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