Islamabad, November 22, 2016: Authorities in Afghanistan say a suicide blast at a Shi’ite mosque in Kabul Monday killed at least 33 people and wounded scores more.
The bomber entered the crowded Baqir ul Olum Mosque during a ceremony and detonated the explosives strapped to his body among the worshipers.
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General Faridoon Obaidi, head of Kabul’s Criminal Investigation Department, told reporters the powerful explosion wounded more than 50 people. He added that the dead and wounded were all civilians.
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah condemned the attack, saying it targeted “innocent civilians – including children – in a holy place. It is a war crime and an act against Islam.”
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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bloodshed.
A Taliban spokesman in a brief statement sent to reporters denied involved in the bombing, saying the Taliban had nothing to do with it.
Attacks on Shi’ite worship places in Afghanistan have lately been claimed by Islamic State.
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The Middle Eastern-based terrorist group in July this year struck a peaceful demonstration in Kabul in which more than 80 people, mostly members of the Shi’ite Hazara community, were killed while many more were wounded. (VOA)