27 killed, 35 wounded in suicide blast at Kabul Shiite mosque

27 killed, 35 wounded in suicide blast at Kabul Shiite mosque

PanARMENIAN.Net - A massive suicide blast at a Shiite mosque in Kabul killed at least 27 people Monday, November 21 and wounded 35 as worshippers gathered for a religious ceremony, officials said, according to AFP.

"It was a suicide bomber who blew himself up among worshippers inside the mosque, killing 27 and wounding 35," senior police official Fridon Obaidi said, according to AFP.

Police cordoned off the area around the Baqirul Olum mosque in the west of the Afghan capital.

"I was in the mosque, the people were offering prayers. Suddenly I heard a bang and windows broke. I had no idea what had happened. I rushed out screaming," Ali Jan told AFP.

Worshippers were gathering to mark the Shiite ceremony of Arbaeen, which comes 40 days after the major festival of Ashura.

Ashura commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who was assassinated in the year 680.

His fate laid the foundation for the faith practised by the Shiite community, a minority in mainly Sunni Muslim Afghanistan.

Arbaeen marks the end of the mourning period over his death.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

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