20 killed in Shiite mosque attack in Afghanistan

Afghanistan mosque explosion

Mohammed Rafique Shahrzad, a hospital official in Herat city, confirmed that the bodies of 20 victims killed by the explosion were brought to the main hospital in the provincial capital soon after the blast.

Officials said one attacker was a suicide bomber, and a second had been armed with a rifle. "They are both dead", he added.

The incident took place around 8:30 pm local time near Jawadia mosque in the city but the type of the explosion has not been ascertained so far.

Herat officials said in addition to those killed, over 60 people were wounded in the attack.

It is said that the two attackers had detonated bombs in the mosque which led the incident.

The state broadcaster in neighbouring Iran, IRIB, said at least 30 were killed and 50 injured - and reported seven gunmen were involved.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack to hit Afghanistan, which has seen more than 1,700 civilian deaths so far this year.

President Ashraf Ghani also condemned the attack and said insurgents would not succeed in fueling sectarian wars in the country by conducting such attacks.

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