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Casualties Feared After Attack on Shia Mosque in Kabul

26 Agosto 2017

An official at Afghanistan's Interior Ministry earlier said at least eight policemen had been wounded.

Police officials told Reuters a suicide bomber detonated himself at the gate.

Many explosions were later heard from the area during the clearance operation by the Crisis Response Unit of the Afghan National Police, Tolo News reported.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also condemned the violence and said IS fighters have turned to attacking places of worship now that they've lost key military positions.

The jihadists of the group islamic State have claimed responsibility for the beginning of August the attack in full prayer of a shi'a mosque in Herat, during which at least 33 people had been killed.

Interior ministry spokesman, Najib Danish, told Al Jazeera that after a blast at the Imam Zaman mosque in the Qala-Najara neighborhood, three gunmen entered and began shooting.

Additionally, the BBC cited witnesses who said the gunmen had taken hostages.

The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

In June this year, another mosque was attacked where six people were killed and 10 wounded.

Durrani said the attack occurred overnight and the Taliban sustained heavy casualties.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

"Our relatives have been stranded inside the mosque".

He said at least 12 people were killed and 38 others were wounded in the attack.

"An assailant blew himself up and three others managed to enter the mosque".

Police cordoned off the area following the attack.

Elsewhere, provincial deputy police chief Nisar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai saids that Afghan security forces recaptured a district in eastern Paktia province from the insurgents.