At least 39 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a Shiite mosque in Afghan capital Kabul. A separate bombing at a mosque in Afghanistan’s central province of Ghor left 20 dead.
A suicide bomber detonated explosives inside a Shiite mosque on Friday in Kabul as worshippers gathered for evening prayers.
An Afghan official at the Interior Ministry says the attack that took place in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of the Afghan capital killed at least 39 people and wounded 45.
Major General Alimast Momand says the attacker was on foot and walked into to the Imam Zaman Mosque where he blew himself up.
A security source told the dpa news agency the death toll could rise to between 70 and 80.
Afghanistan’s Shiite minority has witnessed several attacks this year. At least 84 people have been killed and 194 wounded in attacks on their mosques and religious ceremonies, a United Nations report released last week said.
Among them were two attacks on Shiite mosques in Kabul in August and September.
Separate bombing at Sunni mosque
In Ghor, another suicide bomber blew himself up inside Khewiagan, a Sunni mosque in the district of Dulaina, killing at least 20 people.
Iqbal Nezami, a spokesman for the Ghor provincial police, told Reuters news agency the bombing appeared to target a local leader.
The targeted official, a top local political and military leader of the Jamiat political party in Ghor, was killed along with other worshippers, according to a statement from Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor.
No organization has claimed responsibility for either attack.