Kabul mosque attack: 20 dead in Afghanistan
- At least 20 people killed and 50 injured in attack by bomber, gunmen, official says
- Attack happens during Friday prayers at Shiite mosque in Kabul
The attack began early Friday afternoon when one of three attackers blew himself up at the gate of the Imam Zaman Mosque as worshippers were attending Friday prayers, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish. The remaining attackers stormed the mosque and fired on security forces.
Authorities killed the gunmen after a nearly four-hour firefight, Danish said.
At least 20 people have died, and 50 others were injured, according to Ismail Kawosi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health. Earlier, officials said two police officers were among the dead.
ISIS claimed responsibility, saying in a statement posted by its Amaq News Agency that suicide bombers from the group attacked the mosque.
It’s at least the second time this month that ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack targeting Shiite worshippers in Afghanistan.