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.
Mohammad Asif Rahimi, governor of Herat, said at least 29 people were killed and 64 wounded in the incident which came two months after an attack on a 12th century mosque known as the Jama Masjid in Herat, in which seven people died.
Other local reports suggested a combined explosion and gunfire attack.
The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Other images circulating on social media show bodies lying on the floor outside the mosque.Читайте также: India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs, take 1-0 lead
Officials fear the death toll could rise since 10 of the wounded are in critical condition, said Dr. Arif Shahram, the director of Herat Regional Hospital.
In recent months, Daesh has been making inroads in Afghanistan through alliances with local militant outfits.
Afghanistan is still suffering from insecurity and violence years after the United States and its allies invaded the country in 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror.
Unlike the Taliban which has friends and foes among the worldwide community, IS considers everyone their enemy and will keep attacking soft targets, he said.
It also called "on the Muslim people of Afghanistan, as well as on the religious scholars, to stand united against the barbaric actions of the terrorists".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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