Four killed in ISIS attack on mosque in Kabul

Afghan Police secure the scene.
Afghan Police secure the scene.PHOTO: EPA

KABUL (REUTERS) – A militant attack on a Kabul mosque killed at least four people and wounded eight more on Thursday (June 15), an official said, as Muslims crowded the city’s prayer halls for religious observances in the holy month of Ramadan.

Two gunmen and a suicide bomber tried to enter the Al Zahra mosque used by Kabul’s Shi’ite minority, but were blocked by police, setting off a gun battle, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

They then took refuge in the mosque’s kitchen, where one detonated a bomb while the other two were killed by security forces, he added.

Among the dead were at least three civilians and one police officer, while four civilians and four police were wounded.

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Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, the group’s Amaq news agency said.

Kabul’s Shi’ite minority has been targeted by suicide bombings in the past. An attack on a Shi’ite mosque in November killed more than 30 people.

ISIS militants claimed responsibility for that attack, as well as an attack last July that killed more than 80 people at a mostly Shi’ite demonstration.

The militant Sunni movement considers Shi’ites as heretics.