Kabul: 12 killed, several wounded in suicide bomb attack near Shiite mosque

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A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday, killing at least 12 people, wounding 10, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman.

Suicide bomb attack near Shiite mosque in Kabul

The blast hit the Qala-e Fatehullah area of the city, near the Hussainya mosque, and occurred as security forces were on alert for possible attacks during Ashura, the holiest celebration in the Shi'ite religious calendar.

The explosion happened as worshippers were leaving a Shia mosque in the north of the city after Friday prayers. However, there was no immediate claim of responsibility. 

The local affiliate of Islamic State has claimed several attacks on Shi'ite targets in Kabul in recent years and the government has allowed the Shi'ite community to place armed guards near mosques.

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