Suicide attacks on mosques in Afghanistan, 70 killed

Kabul: According to the information given by the officials, as many as 70 people lost their lives while several got injured in a two suicide attacks on mosques in Afghanistan’s capital.

Incident happened when a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a mosque in a neighbourhood of Kabul chiefly populated by the Shiite Hazara minority.

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Public Health Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismail Kawusi told that the blast occurred as worshipers gathered for prayer inside the Imam Zamam mosque at around 6.00 p.m. The bomber was standing among the congregation when he detonated the explosives, police spokesman Basir Mujahid told Efe.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish went on to the micro blogging website twitter and mentioned that thirty-nine people were killed and 45 others wounded. The Hazara, a ethnic group thought to be of Mongolian origin, are mostly adherents of Shiism, the second-largest branch of Islam. The vast majority of Afghans are Sunni Muslims.

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About an hour before the blast in Kabul, a suicide attacker detonated explosives at the Khwajagan mosque in the Du-Layna district of Ghor province. The attack took place as an important anti-Taliban militiaman, Fazal Hayat Khan, and his men were praying inside, said the provincial governor’s spokesman, Abdul Hai Khatabi.