Attack at mosque in Afghan capital Kabul: Interior Ministry

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017 1:29 PM

KABUL (Reuters) - A mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul was targeted late on Thursday in what the Interior Ministry called a "terrorist attack".

Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said police had been sent to the scene of an apparent suicide attack and that there were casualties.

The attack came as mosques around the city were crowded for a night of religious observances as part of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The Al Zahra mosque is used by Kabul's Shi'ite minority, who have been targeted by suicide bombings in the past, including an attack on a Shi'ite mosque in November that killed more than 30 people.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for that attack, as well as a previous attack last July that killed more than 80 people at a mostly Shi'ite demonstration.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Alison Williams)