At least 20 dead in attack on Kabul mosque

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At least 20 dead in attack on Kabul mosque

<p>At least 20 people were killed and dozens were wounded during an attack on Kabul’s Imam Zaman mosque. Children and police officers are among the dead. </p> <p>One suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the mosque as other assailants reportedly threw grenades. </p> <p>Ghulam Reza saw what happened: “We were here, people were waiting for prayers to start, a suicide attacker came and killed the guards and fired on the other guard at the gate and killed him, then entered the mosque.”</p> <p>Security forces quickly surrounded the mosque after reports of gunfire and an explosion at around 1pm on Friday (August 25). They engaged the attackers in a gunfight that lasted several hours and left all the attackers dead. </p> <p>The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is just its latest against Shi’ite targets in Afghanistan. </p> <p>Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and called on Islamic clerics everywhere to denounce terrorism.</p>