KABUL: A suicide bombing ripped through a Shi’ite mosque in northern Afghanistan today, killing at least seven worshippers, a government official said.
“A blast has taken place at a Shi’ite mosque,” the official, Mawlawi Hashimi, told Reuters in Baghlan province where the incident took place.
Seven people were killed during prayer and another 15 suffered injuries in the attack in the city of Pul e Khumri in Baghlan, he said, adding that all the casualties were Shi’ites.
Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a post on the Telegram messaging app.
Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration has faced an insurgency by Islamic State militants, who have claimed a series of deadly attacks on civilians, foreigners, and Taliban security forces in recent months.
Sunni Islamist militants consider Shi’ites to be heretics.