Islamic state claims responsibility for Kabul Shi'ite mosque attack

A Shi’ite Muslim mosque was attacked in the Afghan capital Kabul. At least 14 people were killed.

Afghan security personnel investigate site of a suicide attack that targeted a Shi'ite mosque in Kabul on 25 August 2017. Picture: AFP

CAIRO - Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack on a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed at least 14 people, the Sunni militant group’s Amaq news agency said.

“Islamic State fighters launched an attack on a (Shi’ite mosque) in the Khair Khana area in the Afghan city of Kabul,” the news agency said.

A suicide bomber detonated himself at the gate of the mosque as other attackers stormed the building as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, officials said.

Some witnesses at the scene said the attackers threw grenades, while police officials said a suicide bomber detonated himself at the gate.

One witness said an attacker wearing a vest packed with explosives shot and killed the guards at the gate.

“At first a suicide bomber opened fire and martyred two security guards at the entrance of the mosque and then they entered inside,” Sayed Pacha told Reuters. “Some people escaped out of the mosque including women, but there were four attackers who managed to enter the mosque.”

Later explosions rocked the area, but their source was unclear.