20 killed in Shiite mosque attack in Afghanistan

Massive blast at mosque kills at least 20 people

Massive blast at mosque kills at least 20 people

A security source told Khaama Press at least 20 people were killed, and another 30 were injured and transported to nearby health facilities.

"More than 20 people" were killed in the attack on the Shiite mosque in Herat, Reuters reported citing local officials.

"There has been an explosion at the gate of Jawadya mosque in Herat city, possibly caused by a auto bomb".

Abdulhai Walizada, a local police spokesman, said there appeared to be more than one attacker, with a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and another who threw grenades at worshippers.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attack.

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About 30 people are said to be wounded, and local officials say the death toll is expected to rise.

The incident comes just a week after a massive blast rocked the Afghan capital, Kabul.

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

Areas dominated by Shia Muslims in Afghanistan have been hit by attacks repeatedly in the past year, by both IS and the Taliban.

Numerous casualties from all walks of live have been civilians, with injury numbers rising for the past five years amid increased attacks.

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