Blast at Afghan mosque kills 20, wounds 30

Afghanistan mosque explosion

Tolo-TV reported that the first attacker detonated his explosives outside of the mosque and a second attacker opened fire on worshippers who were inside the mosque at the time of the blast.

A deadly explosion has taken place in Herat city in West of Afghanistan as there are fears that dozens of people have been killed or wounded.

"At around 8:00pm (1530 GMT) tonight, a terrorist attack was carried out on a mosque in the third security district of Herat city", Walizada told AFP news agency.

No further details have been provided by the outlet so far. "They are both dead", he added.

A spokesperson for the Afghan government said the main explosion may have been "caused by a auto bomb".

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The attack started when one suicide bomber began firing on worshipers inside the mosque before blowing himself up, said Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman for the police chief.

Herat officials said in addition to those killed, over 60 people were wounded in the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault.

IS have been targeting Shiite minority crowds and mosques in Afghanistan for around a year.

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