Death toll at Kabul mosque attack rises to 32, 41 wounded

Larry Hoffman
October 23, 2017

In the attack in Kabul, a suicide bomber walked into the Shiite Imam Zaman Mosque, where he detonated his explosives vest, killing 56 and wounding 45, said Maj. Women and children were said to be among the victims.

The spate of deadly attacks underscores deteriorating security across Afghanistan as the resurgent Taliban step up their assaults on security installations to devastating effect and the Islamic State group targets Shiite mosques.

The Kabul bombing is the latest in a string of violent attacks on the country's Shi'ite minority.

It was the second suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in 24 hours and the seventh major assault in Afghanistan since Tuesday, taking the total death toll to more than 200, with hundreds more wounded.

Thursday: The Taliban killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in attacks that included an assault that almost wiped out an army camp in southern Kandahar province. Officials confirmed to VOA the attack killed at least 20 worshippers and wounded an unspecified number of people.

A separate attack on a mosque in the central province of Ghor was also reported on Friday.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack in Ghor.

It is vital to mention here that several citizens were killed and injured in these suicide attacks. The insurgent assault nearly wiped out the Afghan National Army base in the district of Maiwand. An earlier attack on a Sunni Muslim mosque in Ghor province killed 33 people. The provincial police chief was among the dead.

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