Blast hits Afghan capital near Shi'ite mosque, killing at least one
Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack near a large Shi‘ite mosque in the Afghan capital on Friday that killed at least one person and wounded five others, APA reports quoting Reuters.
The blast hit the Qala-e Fatehullah area of the city, near the Hussainya mosque, and came as security forces were on alert for possible attacks during Ashura, the holiest celebration in the Shi‘ite religious calendar.
President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement saying that the attackers would not be able to shake the unity of the Afghan people with their “inhumane and irreligious” attacks.
A statement from Islamic State, which has claimed a string of attacks on Shi‘ite targets over the past two years, said its fighters had carried out the attack.