14 killed as bomber, gunmen attack mosque in Kabul

Attack at mosque in Afghanistan leaves 'at least 14 dead'

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.

However, the Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the Crisis Response Unit of the Afghan National Police arrived at the attack scene sharply after it happened.

But the ministry spokesman Ismail Kawoosi said the casualties may increase - after they received final information on the incident.

He said the two attackers were killed by police forces and the situation was under control.

Islamic State, which has launched several attacks against minority Shia targets in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility, the jihadist group's news agency said. Mir Hussain Nasiri says gunmen have taken over the portion of the mosque with the separate prayer areas for men and women.




More than 10 ambulances were at the scene to take the wounded to local hospitals.

While the fierce gun battle was underway, another explosion occurred close to Imam Zaman Mosque.

All those at the site of the blast including the worshipers and eyewitnesses, described the attack on the mosque as "inhuman terrorist act" which goes against teaching of Islamic values.

IS has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks killing dozens of Shiites in Kabul over the past year, including twin explosions in July 2016 that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras, killing at least 85 people and wounding more than 400.

The assault comes less than 24 hours after Donald Trump's top military commander in Afghanistan vowed to expunge ISIS and al-Qaeda from the country. Among the security forces, two were killed and seven others wounded.

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