Bomber, gunmen attack Shia Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul

Kabul Imam Zaman mosque attack by gunmen launch & Suicide bomb explosion

The gunmen launched their attack as the mosque was packed with worshippers for Friday prayers. The number of those who died and were injured is not yet clear, though reports have said some guards are confirmed dead.

More details are awaited.

Security sources put the overall death toll at 30 people killed and "dozens" wounded.

"At least three people entered the mosque and started shooting", he said.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly assault via its propaganda agency.

Security forces exchanged fire with the assailants and sound of an explosion was heard almost two hours after the attack began.

Witnesses said they had thrown grenades, and police officials said a second suicide bomber struck among a group of women in the mosque.

But the ministry spokesman Ismail Kawoosi said the casualties may increase - after they received final information on the incident.

Many explosions were later heard from the area during the clearance operation by the Crisis Response Unit.

The assault comes less than 24 hours after Donald Trump's top military commander in Afghanistan vowed to expunge ISIS and al-Qaeda from the country. Some relatives flocked to a nearby private hospital to search for loved ones who had been in the mosque at the time of the attack.

Durrani says the Friday morning attack also left seven policemen wounded.

The Ministry of the Interior said two police officers were killed at the gate of the compound and two others wounded. Sunni extremists view Shiites as a heretical branch of Islam.

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