Attackers in Burqas Kill Dozens at Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan

KHOST, Afghanistan — At the least 29 folks have been killed when suicide bombers disguised in ladies’s clothes stormed a Shiite mosque in jap Afghanistan throughout Friday Prayer, officers stated, the most recent in a sequence of bloody assaults on the nation’s Shiite minority.

Two male attackers, carrying full-length burqas to cover explosive vests and computerized weapons, entered the mosque within the metropolis of Gardez in Paktia Province, first firing on the worshipers after which detonating the vests, in line with the Afghan police.

The spokesman for the Paktia police, Sardar Wali Tabasoom, stated that guards had been posted on the mosque due to fears of such an assault. However the attackers used the burqas to get shut, then shot the guards, he stated.

Abdullah Hasrat, the spokesman for the governor of Paktia Province, stated that 29 folks have been killed and 81 others wounded.

There was no fast declare of duty, however earlier assaults on Shiite civilians have been claimed by the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan. In April, 57 people were killed at a voter registration middle in a Shiite neighborhood in Kabul, one among a sequence of assaults on election websites claimed by the Islamic State.

In a WhatsApp message, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, denied involvement within the assault in Gardez.

Individually, within the northern province of Faryab, seven members of the Afghan Nationwide Military have been killed and 10 others have been wounded in a Taliban assault Thursday night time, Mohammad Hashim Astana, the police chief of Shirin Tagab district, the place the assault occurred, stated on Friday.

Additionally Thursday night time, within the southern province of Helmand, an Afghan commando raid on a jail run by the Taliban resulted within the liberating of 61 Afghan prisoners held by the insurgents in Kajaki District, in line with Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the Helmand Province governor.

Farooq Jan Mangal reported from Khost, and Fahim Abed from Kabul, Afghanistan. Rod Nordland contributed reporting from Kabul.

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