Mosque Blast in Afghanistan Kills 20 People

At least 20 people were killed and 30 injured in an explosion in front of Jawadia Mosque in Afghanistan's Herat city, the police said.

One doctor told the Associated Press news agency that 20 bodies had been transported to his hospital.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said ten people had been reported wounded in the attack which took place at the gate of Jawadya mosque in Herat city, which is close to the Iran border.

A police spokesman, Abdulhai Walizada, told Reuters one of the attackers was a suicide bomber who detonated explosives while another lobbed grenades at worshippers at the mosque.

The toll was likely to rise as many among the injured remained in critical condition.

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Officials said one attacker was a suicide bomber, and a second had been armed with a rifle.

The source further added at least 25 have been killed and around 30 others have been wounded in the attack.

The attack comes a day after an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, which was claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), killed two people.

Areas dominated by Shia Muslims in Afghanistan have been hit by attacks repeatedly in the past year, by both IS and the Taliban.

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