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Suicide bomber hits crowded Kabul Shiite mosque

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A mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul was targeted late on Thursday in what the Interior Ministry called a “terrorist attack”.

Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said police had been sent to the scene of an apparent suicide attack and that there were casualties.

The attack came as mosques around the city were crowded for a night of religious observances as part of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The Al Zahra mosque is used by Kabul’s Shiite minority, who have been targeted by suicide bombings in the past, including an attack on a Shiite mosque in November that killed more than 30 people.

ISIS militants claimed responsibility for that attack, as well as a previous attack last July that killed more than 80 people at a mostly Shiite demonstration