At least 20 killed in explosion inside Shiite mosque

Afghan mourners and relatives pray in front of the coffin of one of the 26 victims killed in a car bombing in Kabul

Afghan mourners and relatives pray in front of the coffin of one of the 26 victims killed in a car bombing in Kabul

An Afghan hospital official says at least 20 people have been killed by an explosion and gun attack on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in the western city of Herat.

A blast that rocked Afghanistan's provincial capital of Herat on Tuesday has claimed lives of at least 20 people, local news agency reported. Some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

On June 15, a terrorist attack on a Shia community mosque in capital Kabul involving at least two suicide bombers killed at least six people.

On July 24, over two dozen people were killed and more than 40 wounded after a vehicle bomb attack claimed by the Taliban struck a bus transporting government employees through a Shia neighborhood in the capital Kabul.

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The second bomber was among the crowd of worshippers when he blew himself up, Walizada said. The incident happened in a Shite mosque.

One year ago, a massive bomb blast killed at least 84 people, majority Shia Hazara, as they were holding a rally to demand better life conditions.

Regional police chief Mohammad Ayub said two attackers were involved in the incident.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack to hit Afghanistan, which has seen more than 1,700 civilian deaths so far this year. The report has yet to be confirmed by local sources in Afghanistan.