Daesh claims responsibility of Kabul Shia mosque attack


Kabul, August 25 (TNS): International terror outfit Daesh claimed responsibility of Kabul mosque attack which left 20 Shia Muslims dead on Friday.

Dozens other were also injured in an attack on a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.

So-called Islamic State (Daesh) said it was behind the attack.

The group’s news outlet, Amaq, said militants had carried out a “commando” attack on the mosque.

A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the mosque’s gate before two gunmen entered as worshippers gathered for afternoon prayers.

Afghan Special Forces fought a four-hour gun battle with the attackers and say the gunmen are now dead.

Children and police officers are among the victims of Friday’s attack, interior ministry officials say.

Last month, dozens of people were killed when a car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in the capital. The Taliban said they were behind that attack.