Dozens Killed at Kabul Shia Mosque

Dozens Killed at Kabul Shia Mosque Dozens Killed at Kabul Shia Mosque

A suicide bomber killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens on Monday in an explosion at a crowded Shia mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said. The attacker entered the Baqir ul Olum Mosque during a ceremony, the interior ministry said in a statement. Fraidoon Obaidi, chief of the Kabul police Criminal Investigation Department, said at least 27 people were killed and 35 wounded and that the total may rise, Reuters reported. A survivor told Afghanistan’s Ariana Television that around 40 dead and 80 wounded had been taken from the building before rescue services arrived at the scene, but there was no independent confirmation of those figures. The Taliban, seeking to reimpose their law after their 2001 ouster, denied they were responsible for the attack. Bloody sectarian rivalry between Sunni and Shia Muslims has been relatively rare in Afghanistan, a majority Sunni country, but the attack underlines the deadly new dimension that growing ethnic tension could bring to its decades-long conflict. Government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah condemned the attack as a sign of barbarism but said Afghanistan should not fall victim to “enemy plots that divide us by titles”.


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