Suicide blast at Kabul mosque kills 27, injures 35: Police
At least 27 people died and 35 others were wounded in a suicide blast at a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Monday, officials said.
“It was a suicide bomber who blew himself up among worshippers inside the mosque, killing 27 and wounding 35,” senior police official Fridon Obaidi said.
The police cordoned off the area around the Baqir-ul Ulum mosque in the west of Kabul.
“I was in the mosque, the people were praying. Suddenly, I heard a bang and windows broke. I had no idea what had happened. I rushed out screaming,” Ali Jan said. The worshippers had gathered to mark the Shiite ceremony of Arbaeen, which comes 40 days after the major festival of Ashura.
Ashura commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was assassinated in the year 680. His fate laid the foundation for the faith practised by the Shiite community, a minority in mainly Sunni Muslim Afghanistan.
Arbaeen marks the end of the mourning period over his death.
Earlier this year, a powerful blast targeting Shiites during Ashura killed 14 people in northern Afghanistan. It came days after twin attacks claimed by Islamic State, which also targeted Shiites and killed 18 in Kabul.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for Monday’s blast.