Published: Sat, August 26, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Shia mosque attacked in Afghan capital, Kabul

Shia mosque attacked in Afghan capital, Kabul

It had also put the number of wounded at more than 40 civilians and seven security forces.

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

He vowed that Afghanistan would stay united in the face of these attacks and that terrorism would be defeated.

Authorities killed the gunmen after a almost four-hour firefight, Danish said.

Gunmen entered a Shia mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan following a blast caused by a suicide bomber on Friday, according to Police and local eyewitnesses. Worshippers, wounded and dead were being evacuated from the mosque.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The IS affiliate in Afghanistan said through its Aamaq news agency that two of its fighters carried out the assault, seeking martyrdom. Police reported casualties, but did not give specific details.

The attack was the latest by IS to hit the Afghan capital.

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The attack left eight people injured.

Two police officers were among the dead, he said.

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

More loud explosions have been heard as the siege continues.

Imam Zaman is one of the main Shi'ite mosques in the area and more people attend mosques on a Friday, the Muslim holy day of the week.

Afghan men inspect inside of the Kabul mosque on Friday. Security forces have been unable to advance fearing even greater casualties.

The Associated Press reported the Taliban have attacked a security outpost in southern Kandahar province, the insurgents former heartland, killing four members of the Afghan Army.

Security forces later reached the spot and started rescue operation.

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