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6 killed as suicide bomber blows up near Shia mosque in Kabul

A suicide bomber posing as a shepherd blew himself up near a Shia mosque in Kabul on Friday killing at least six people, police said, as Muslims prepare to observe the holy month of Muharram

The attack in the north of the Afghan capital happened as worshipers were gathered inside Hussainia mosque, one of the biggest Shia centers in the city, for Friday prayers.

“A suicide bomber who was grazing sheep has detonated himself outside” the mosque, General Salim Almas, criminal investigative director of Kabul city

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but fighters belonging to the Taliban and the militant Islamic State (IS) group have repeatedly targeted the minority Shia community in recent years.

A shopkeeper told AFP that the suicide bomber blew himself to bits after he was identified by suspicious civilian guards who had set up a checkpoint about 200 meters from the mosque.

Afghanistan has trained and armed more than 400 civilians to help protect Shia mosques during the holy month.

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