Suicide attackers stormed a mosque in Kabul during Friday Prayer, officials said, causing casualties and prompting the authorities to seal off the area as security forces moved in after the latest in a series of deadly attacks against Shiites in Afghanistan.
Photo Afghan security forces outside a mosque in Kabul where suicide attackers struck on Friday.
Police say the hours-long attack at a Shiite Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul has ended with all four attackers dead.
Islamic State, which has launched several attacks against minority Shia targets in Afghanistan, claimed responsibility, the jihadist group's news agency said.
Ismail Kawoosi, spokesman for Ministry of Public Health, said the number of casualties from the attack may increase.
The Interior Ministry said a "terrorist attack" had taken place.
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The death toll from a coordinated militant attack on Imam Zaman Mosque in the north of Kabul raised to more than 30, security sources confirmed.
The Taliban said they were behind that attack.
The gunmen launched their attack as the mosque was packed with worshippers for Friday prayers.
Witnesses told Reuters gunmen threw grenades and then entered the mosque.
President Ashraf Ghani in a statement condemned the attack and called it a crime against the people of Afghanistan.
Last month, dozens of people were killed when a auto bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in the capital. Police officials said a suicide bomber detonated himself at the gate.