Afghan army cadets killed in attack on security forces

Violet Powell
October 23, 2017

"Some of the wounded were fleeing".

Police initially said a gunman entered the Imam Zaman mosque in a heavily Shiite neighbourhood in the west of the city and opened fire on worshippers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the ambush but the Taliban has been involved in the previous four attacks on police and military bases this week. The latest attack comes after a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite mosque during evening prayers in Kabul on Friday, killing 56 people and wounding 55 others in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group.

Almost 200 people, mostly security forces, have died in separate militant attacks across Afghanistan this week, making it one of the worst in recent months.

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Afghanistan's Shi'ite population has been heavily hit this year, with at least 84 people killed and 194 wounded in attacks on their mosques and religious ceremonies, according to a United Nations report released last week. The Afghan president issued a statement condemning both attacks and saying that country's security forces would step up the fight to "eliminate the terrorists who target Afghans of all religions and tribes".

Among those were at least two attacks on mosques in Kabul in August and September.

The secretary-general expressed his solidarity with the people and government of Afghanistan and extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Friday.

Afghan officials said a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside the Shia mosque while an armed man opened fire there on Friday.

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