Children among 72 killed as suicide bombers attack two mosques in Afghanistan
October 21, 2017 | 1:19 PM
by Reuters
Afghan men inspect inside a mosque after attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 21, 2017. Photo - Reuters

Kabul: Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said.

One bomber walked into a mosque in the capital Kabul as people were praying on Friday night and detonated an explosive, one of the worshippers there, Mahmood Shah Husaini, said.

At least 39 people died in the blast at the Imam Zaman mosque in the city's western Dasht-e-Barchi district, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

IS militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but a statement from the group did not provide evidence to support its claim.

Afghans have suffered a series of attacks in Afghanistan in recent months, many of them claimed by the militants of IS.

Separately, a suicide bombing killed at least 33 people at a mosque in central Ghor province, a police spokesman said.

The attack appeared to target a local leader from the Jamiat political party, according to a statement from Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor, a leading figure in Jamiat.

No one immediately claimed responsibility.

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