Massive blast at mosque kills at least 20 people

At least 20 killed in Afghanistan mosque explosion

He estimated at least 100 dead and wounded were scattered throughout the mosque.

"Two attackers entered the mosque and started shooting and throwing grenades at people", said Mohammad Adi, a worshipper at the mosque who was injured in the attack and taken to hospital.

The deadly bomb attack was carried out in the city of Herat, the capital of a province with the same name, late on Tuesday.

Hadid said he saw several pieces of a body that was being identified as the assailant.

Some news agencies reported that one man acted as the suicide bomber whilst a second opened fire on worshippers in the predominantly Shiite region. The explosion happened at the Baqir-ul-uloom mosque in the Darul Aman area as people gathered for a religious ceremony.

Residents were furious the police did not prevent the second explosion, although it is still not clear what caused it.




He said at least 25 others who sustained injuries in the attack were also shifted to the hospital for the treatment.

The mosque was attended by the members of the local Shiite minority.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Afghanistan's national unity government said it strongly condemned the Herat attack, describing it in a statement as an "anti-Islam act".

Hadid said he rushed to the mosque after hearing about the explosion.

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