Attackers storm Shiite mosque in Kabul in latest apparent militant strike

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"One suicide bomber blew himself up outside Imam Zaman Mosque in PD11, confirmed Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish".

In Afghanistan, at least 14 worshippers were killed in a suicide attack at the gate of a mosque in Qala-e-Najara area of Kabul on Friday.

The Islamic State group claimed the attack while the assault was still under way, the latest to target Afghanistan's minority Shiites.

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

Explosion reported inside Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul, special forces at the scene.

The Taliban said they were behind that attack. "Some people escaped out of the mosque including women, but there were four attackers who managed to enter the mosque".

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Eyewitnesses said the security forces arrived at the scene two hours following the attack. In one such attack, few weeks ago more than 30 worshipers lost their lives when a group of assailants stormed a Shiite mosque in the western province of Herat.

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

The attack took place in the capital Kabul and according to reports a blast hit the mosque first and then gunfire began.

Eidi Muhammad Akbari, who fled to safety in the attack on Friday, said that hundreds of people had been stuck inside. The assault was repulsed by the security forces with the help of the Afghan Air Force.

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