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2017 Herat Mosque artack
Part of War in Afghanistan (2015-present)
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Location Jadwadia mosque, Herat, Afghanistan
Coordinates 34°21′10.31″N 69°12′14.50″E / 34.3528639°N 69.204028°E / 34.3528639; 69.204028
Date August 1, 2017
20:00 (UTC + 04:30)
Target Shi'ite worshipers
Attack type
Suicide bombing, Shooting
Weapons Explosive belt, Assault rifle
Deaths 30 (+2 attackers)
Non-fatal injuries
64
Victims Shi'ites
Number of participants
2

On August 1st, 2017, two suicide bombers entered a Shi'ite mosque named "Jadwadia" in Herat, Afghanistan during an evening prayer session. After throwing explosives into the crowd, one of the two men detonated his vest. The remaining attacker continued firing on the crowd before detonating his vest as well. The attack caused 30 casualties and left 64 people injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Background

The attack came 2 days after an attack on an Iraqi embassy in Kabul.[1] A week prior, there was another bombing that left 24 people dead and 24 injured.[2]

Attack

At around 20:00 (UTC + 04:30), two men, one of them wearing a suicide vest and the other armed with a rifle, entered the mosque which was hosting more than 300 people at the time.[3] They threw hand grenades and fired on the worshipers before one of the suicide bombers detonated his bomb. The other attacker continued firing into the crowd until he too detonated his bomb. [4] 29 people were killed while 64 others were injured. [5] "The mosque was badly damaged with windows blown out, walls and even the large dome peppered with shrapnel and everywhere was blood from the victims", said Hadid, an eyewitness.[6]

Responsibility

No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, said the Taliban were not involved in this incident.[7]

References

  1. "Iraq declear victory over Islamic State in Mosul". The Guardian. 31 July 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/09/iraq-announces-victory-over-islamic-state-mosul. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. "At least 24 killed, 42 wounded in Kabul car bomb attack; Taliban claims responsibility". Hindustan Times. 24 July 2017. http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/suicide-attacker-detonates-car-bomb-in-afghanistan-capital-kabul-casualties-feared/story-MgIM6lDyBcbba7OGvzcJlI.html. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  3. "Suicide bombers target Shia mosque in Herat city". Al Jazeera. 2 August 2017. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/shia-mosque-herat-province-hit-deadly-explosion-170801163417483.html. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  4. "Suicide Attack On Shiite Mosque Leaves At Least 29 Dead In Afghanistan". 2 August 2017. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/01/540962593/suicide-attack-on-shiite-mosque-leaves-at-least-29-dead-in-afghanistan. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  5. "Herat mosque blast kills dozens in Afghanistan". BBC News. 2 August 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40797016. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  6. "At Least 29 Killed in Suicide Attack on a Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan, a Hospital Official Says". Time magazine. 2 August 2017. http://time.com/4883492/afghanistan-shiite-mosque-suicide-attack/. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  7. Panela Constable (2 August 2017). "Suicide bomber kills 29, injures dozens at Shiite mosque in western Afghanistan". Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/suicide-bomber-kills-29-injures-dozens-at-shiite-mosque-in-western-afghanistan/2017/08/01/845b8888-76eb-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 


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