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Afghanistan blast outside mosque kills 14, wounds 24 in minority attack
October 12, 2016 / 12:47 PM / a year ago

Afghanistan blast outside mosque kills 14, wounds 24 in minority attack

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A bomb blast outside a mosque in Afghanistan on Wednesday killed at least 14 people and wounded 24 among a gathering of worshippers, the second attack targeting the country’s Shi‘ite minority in less than 24 hours, an official said.

An Afghan boy receives treatment at a hospital after a bomb blast in northern Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan October 12, 2016. REUTERS/ Anil Usyan

The devotees had congregated to mark Ashura, one of the holiest days for Shi‘ite Muslims, at the mosque, about 20 km (12 miles) from Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province.

The mosque was targeted in the explosion, said Moneer Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

On Tuesday night a gunman killed at least 18 people and wounded 50 at an Ashura gathering at a mosque in the capital, Kabul, according to United Nations estimates.

That attack was claimed by Islamic State, which also claimed responsibility for an attack on a mostly Shi‘ite street demonstration in July that killed 84 people.

Reporting by Matin Sahak Writing by Josh Smith; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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