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Afghanistan: Security tight in Herat ahead of burial for Shia mosque victims

Afghanistan authorities have tightened security ahead of a mass funeral for the victims of last night’s suicide attack at a Shia mosque that killed 29 people.

world Updated: Aug 02, 2017 11:55 IST

AP, Kabul
A member of Afghan National Army (ANA) stands guard near a mosque after an overnight suicide attack in Herat, Afghanistan. August 2, 2017.
A member of Afghan National Army (ANA) stands guard near a mosque after an overnight suicide attack in Herat, Afghanistan. August 2, 2017.(REUTERS Photo)
         

Afghan authorities have tightened security ahead of a mass funeral for the victims of last night’s suicide attack at a Shia mosque that killed 29 people.

A suicide attacker opened fire inside a mosque packed with worshippers at evening prayers, before detonating his explosives. A second explosion came 10 minutes later.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing in western Herat province but it came a day after the Islamic State group warned it would attack Shiites.

Provincial spokesman Jilani Farhad says that to reduce the chance for more attacks, a planned Shiite protest to denounce the attack will be held just before the burial on Wednesday afternoon, rather than at a separate time and location.

Along with the 29 killed, 64 people were wounded, 10 of them critically.

First Published: Aug 02, 2017 11:55 IST

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