Gunmen storm Shia mosque in Afghan capital

by Abel Hampton August 26, 2017, 1:18

The number of those who died and were injured is not yet clear, though reports have said some guards are confirmed dead. The remaining attackers stormed the mosque and fired on security forces. Nasiri said when police initially sought to get into the mosque, the attackers blocked the door leading to the second floor, which he said would mean they are holding the women who were there as hostages.

The interior ministry confirmed that a "terrorist attack" had taken place.

More details are awaited.

Isis also claimed responsibility for that attack and vowed to carry out more attacks against Afghanistan's minority Shia, which the Sunni extremists consider to be heretics.

Gunshots and explosions were heard during the attack that lasted around four hours at a mosque in a residential area in north Kabul.

"The Taliban can not win on the battlefield, it's time for them to join the peace process", he said.

Over 80 others were wounded in the attack and meanwhile more than 100 others were rescued, the sources said.

Police were promptly deployed at the site in a northern Kabul neighborhood and encircled the mosque. Police have not provided any immediate information on any casualties.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group's offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khorasan, claimed responsibility behind the deadly attack on a mosque in Kabul city. "Finally, I managed to escape with my daughter and police escorted us to safety from the back of the mosque".

The assault was repulsed by the security forces with the help of the Afghan Air Force.

This comes as the Taliban group had earlier rejected role in the attack.

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