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Afghanistan: 27 killed and 35 injured in suicide attack

Afghan security forces keep watch after the explosion. Credit: Reuters

At least 27 people have been killed and 35 wounded after a suicide attack at Shia mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan police have said.

An attacker entered the Baqir ul Olum mosque during a ceremony, the interior ministry said in a statement.

There was no immediately claim of responsibility.

In July, more than 80 people were killed in an attack on a demonstration by the mostly Shia Hazara minority that was claimed by so-called Islamic State militants.

At least 14 people killed in attack on shrine in Kabul

Afghan policemen stand guard near the site of the attack in Kabul. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

At least 14 people have been killed and another 26 injured after an attack at a Shia Muslim shrine in the west of Kabul on Tuesday night.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirmed that the attack was carried out by one person using an automatic rifle and grenade.

The Kart-e-Sakhi shrine is an important religious site for Shia Muslims. Many were praying when the attack occurred as Wednesday marks the holy day of Ashura.

Jamshed, a Kabul resident who witnessed the attack, said the assailant was wearing a police uniform.

He said: "I was selling bread at the gate of the shrine, and then someone came over and placed a package five meters away from me. He was wearing a police uniform, carrying an AK-47.

"He fired a few rounds first, but did not hit anyone. Then he shot a soldier. The soldier fell to the ground dead. He then fired at me, I just dropped my things and fled."

Thirteen civilians and one police officer have been confirmed dead.

Military police arrived at the scene quickly and shot dead the attacker.

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Taliban truck explosion rocks Afghan capital

Afghan policemen keep watch near the site of the blast Credit: Reuters

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a truck bomb attack on a military and logistics services compound in Kabul early Monday morning, after an explosion was heard from all over the capital.

Four heavily armed attackers were fighting on the side of the Northgate Hotel, a security official said.

The Hotel is a secure residential compound for foreign military and civilian organisations.

Afghan authorities have not given an indication of any casualties as yet.

The attack comes a week after so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at a protest in the city, which killed at least 80 people.

The Taliban, which says it wants to avoid civilian casualties, said the compound was not near homes and that ordinary civilians were not harmed.

Number of people dead in Kabul attack rises to 80

The number of people killed in a suicide attack on a peaceful demonstration in Kabul has climbed to 80 according to Afghanistan's interior ministry.

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul. Credit: Reuters/Omar Sobhani

The ministry said in a statement that at least 231 people were also wounded.

A suicide bomber struck a protest march in Kabul by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara community.

President Ashraf Ghani, who has condemned the blast, declared Sunday a day of national mourning.

I promise you I will take revenge against the culprits. I have ordered the attorney general to set up a commission to investigate this incident.

– Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani
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