Afghan army cadets killed in Taliban attack

Afghan army cadets killed in Taliban attack

In the first attack, on a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, at least 39 people including women and children were killed and 45 others wounded when a suicide bomber exploded his device as worshippers gathered for evening prayer.

The Kabul attack is being seen as the latest in a round of violence which has been committed against the country's Shia minority.

The attack took place inside the Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul, during Friday night prayers.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to their spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid, who said that 27 academy members were killed.

Ministry of Public Health spokesman Mohammad Ismaeel Kawosi told Anadolu Agency several people were also wounded in the attack.

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"I was in the mosque bathroom when I heard a blast". Officials confirmed to VOA the attack killed at least 20 worshippers and wounded an unspecified number of people.

Almost 200 people, mostly security forces, have died in separate militant attacks across Afghanistan this week, making it one of the worst in recent months.

The death toll from Friday's suicide attacks in two different mosques in Afghanistan has increased to 84, officials said Saturday.

The militants razed the base in the Chashmo area of Maiwand district to the ground, according to the defence ministry. Fifty-six people died and 55 got injured as a suicide bomber blew himself in a Shia mosque in Kabul.

On the same day Taliban militants besieged a police headquarters in the southeastern province of Ghazni, attacking it for the second time this week.

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