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Blast At Shi'ite Mosque In Kabul Kills At Least 27


The bomber targeted the Baqir ul-Olum mosque in the western part of the city as worshippers gathered there for a religious ceremony.

The bomber targeted the Baqir ul-Olum mosque in the western part of the city as worshippers gathered there for a religious ceremony.

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has detonated his explosives inside a Shi’ite mosque in Kabul, killing at least 27 people.

Fraydon Obaidi, chief of the Kabul police’s Criminal Investigation Department, said 35 other people were wounded in the November 21 attack.

The bomber targeted the Baqir ul-Olum mosque in the western part of the city as worshippers gathered there for Shi’ite religious rituals marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for the anniversary of the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah described as a "an act against Islam and humanity."

Abdullah also said Afghanistan should not fall victim to "enemy plots that divide us by titles."

In July, an attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed 80 people at a Shi’ite demonstration in Kabul.

Shi’a make up about 15 percent of Afghanistan’s population.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, AP, and dpa

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