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Suicide Bombers Target Mosque in Herat Province

(Last Updated On: August 02, 2017 1:08 pm)

At least 29 people were killed and 64 others injured after one suicide attacker blew himself up and the other one opened fire on worshipers in a mosque in western Herat province of Afghanistan on Tuesday night, officials said.

The attackers have targeted Javadia mosque where about 300 people had gathered for evening praying.

Abdulhai Walizada, a local police spokesman, said there appeared to be more than one attacker, with witnesses describing a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and at least one other, a gunman who threw grenades at worshipers.

“Two attackers entered the mosque and started shooting and throwing grenades at people,” said a worshiper at the mosque who was injured in the attack and taken to hospital.

In a statement, President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and called on religious scholars to “raise their voices against the terrorist attacks”.

Immediately, there was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

The incident comes two months after an attack on the Jama  Mosque in Herat, in which seven people died.

 

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