Published On: Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

Mosque explosion kills 30 and leaves dozens injured – attacker hurled grenades

At least two attackers detonated bombs and hurled grenades during the horrific attack in the city of Herat, Afghanistan. 

Police said around 15 people had been killed and many injured at the Shi’ite mosque. 

Hospital officials put the death toll at 20, with one local reporter claiming at least 30 have been killed. 

Shocking photographs show one victim covered in blood as he attempts to leave the scene. 

Other images shared on social media show bodies lying outside the mosque. 

Abdulhai Walizada, a local police spokesman, said there appeared to be more than one attacker, with a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and another who threw grenades at worshippers.

Residents of the city have rushed to the hospital to donate blood for victims, one witness said on Twitter. 

The incident is believed to be a suicide attack. No group has yet claimed repsonsibility. 

Islamic State, however, have increased their targeting of Shia communities in the Middle East in recent months as they continue to lose territory. 

Amnesty International has accused the death cult of carrying out a genocide of Shia within Iraq and Syria since 2014, with thousands killed and tens of thousands forced to flee their homes.

Herat is the third-largest city in the country and is home to several foreign consulates. 

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