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Dozens killed in Afghan mosque attacks

Dozens killed in Afghan mosque attacks
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Suicide bombers have killed dozens of people including children in two separate attacks on mosques in Afghanistan.

ISIL said it was behind Friday night’s bloodshed at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the capital. At least 39 worshippers died there.

Elsewhere, at least 20 people were killed in an attack on a Sunni mosque in the central province of Ghor.

It is a devastating end to a particularly deadly week in the country in which violence – largely carried out by the Taliban – has now claimed around 180 lives.

A witness said the bomber walked into the Shi’ite Imam Zaman mosque in a western district of Kabul as people were praying and detonated an explosive. Some reports said he had first opened fire on worshippers.

Shi’ite Muslims have suffered a series of attacks in Afghanistan in recent months, many of them claimed by the Sunni Muslim militants of the so-called Islamic State group.

with Reuters