Blast hits Kabul mosque, several dead

Blast hits Kabul mosque, several dead

Blast hits Kabul mosque, several dead

Almost 70 people were killed on Friday in a two suicide attacks on mosques in Afghanistan's capital and in the western province of Ghor, officials said.

Maj. Gen. Alimast Momand says the attacker was on foot and walked into to the Imam Zaman Mosque on Friday in the city's Dashti Barch area where he detonated his explosives.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the mosque killing at least 30 worshippers, police said.

It noted the toll may rise as several injured people remained in critical condition.

At that time, 13 people were killed and dozens injured in the assault claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Two of the attacks happened in mosques in Kabul in August and September.

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President Ashraf Ghani in a statement sent hours after the incident condemned the attacks on Kabul and Ghor mosques and called them inhuman and against the values of Islam.

The two attacks are the latest in the country, where Afghan and coalition forces have been squaring off for years with Islamic militants, including the Taliban and ISIS - both Sunni movements.

No group has claimed the responsibility so far.

Another attack on al-Zahra Mosque in Herat province, in the west of Afghanistan, killed at least six people and wounded many others.

The statement, however, said the local official was killed along with as many as 30 other worshipers.

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