Bomber, gunmen attack Shia Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul

Attackers strike mosque packed with people attending Friday prayers in Afghan capital killing at least 20 worshippers.

Police try to rescue a child at the site of the suicide attack claimed by ISIL [Omar Sobhani/Reuters]
Police try to rescue a child at the site of the suicide attack claimed by ISIL [Omar Sobhani/Reuters]

A suicide bombing followed by gunfire as Shia Muslims gathered for Friday prayers at a mosque in the Afghan capital has killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens of others with ISIL claiming responsibility.

After the blast at the Imam Zaman mosque, in the Qala-Najara neighbourhood in north Kabul, gunmen stormed in and began shooting.

“We were here, people were waiting for prayers to start, a suicide attacker came and killed the guards and fired on the other guard at the gate and killed him, then entered the mosque,” eyewitness Ghulam Reza told The Associated Press news agency.

Officials said more than 20 people were killed and at least 40 wounded with the casualty toll expected to rise as medical workers took the victims to the hospital.

Policemen made an attempt to enter the mosque but withdrew after one of the attackers set off an explosion, said police official Mohammad Sadiq Muradi.

Mir Hussain Nasiri, a member of Afghanistan’s Shia clerical council, said the mosque could accommodate up to 1,000 people.

A sprawling cavernous prayer hall dominates the main floor. The second floor is where the women pray. Nasiri said when police initially sought to get into the mosque, the attackers blocked the door leading to the second floor, which he said would mean they held the women hostage.

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide attack [Reuters]

Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse, reporting from the scene, quoted eyewitnesses as saying the assailants had run out of ammunition and started stabbing worshippers with knives. Some of the victims included children and women.

“It was a busy time, in the middle of Friday prayer as the attack took place,” said Glasse, adding the brazen assault had now ened.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility. ISIL-linked Aamaq website said on Friday two of its fighters carried out the assault. It did not give further details.

The attack was the latest by ISIL to hit the Afghan capital. Last month it hit the Iraqi embassy in Kabul and afterward issued a warning to all Shia in Afghanistan, saying its cadres would attack Shia places of worship.

Within days of the embassy attack, ISIL also took responsibility for a suicide assault on a Shia mosque in western Herat province that killed 32 people.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

SOURCE:   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/gunmen-attack-shia-imam-zaman-mosque-kabul-170825095421445.html

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9 replies

  1. In a weird sort of way we can even a little understand Israel’s (and its US client’s) policy of Destruction and Destabilization. But how can we ever understand Muslim against Muslim murderous attacks?

    • @ Rafiq A.T
      So many times I explain here and other places that the root of conflict in Islamic communities or Islamic countries is the book of Hadith. Narrators of Hadith such as Imam Muslim, Bukhari etc command to punish or kill Blasphemer, Apostates, infidel, and Gay Lesbian and those Muslims who do not follow Caliphate.
      Please do not blame others, it will be wiser if we look at our Islamic teaching. Our Islamic teaching is contaminate with false teaching from the book of Hadith.

      So as long as Saudi Arabia ( Sunni ) and Iran (Shiah) keep hating, blaming and judge each other, this killing innocent people (Muslim and non Muslim ) will not stop for ever.
      These Islamic radical intolerance is the same as White Supremacy or Nazi, They are Evil, will kill innocent people as many as possible.

      So my suggestion to Ahmdiyyah, in order Extremist Muslims stop killing Innocent people ( Muslim Shiah, Ahmadiyah and Non Muslim ) Please DECLARE publicly that the book of Hadith have to be reprinted it. And all false, and ancient Hadith have to be abolished. SUCH AS; Blasphemer, Apostates, infidel, and Gay Lesbian and those Muslims who do not follow Caliphate.

      MOST MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD FALL BACK INTO SYIRIK’S SIN. WHY?
      http://ilovemodrenislam.blogspot.com/2017/08/98-of-muslims-around-world-fall-back.html

    • MOST MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD FALL BACK INTO SYIRIK’S SIN. WHY?
      WITCH ONE DO YOU BELIEVE IN?
      1.The book of Al Quran / Bible are the word of God.
      2. The book of Hadist is the word of men.
      3. Which one do you believe in? Allah’s words or men’s worlds? Use your head correctly.
      If Muslims follow commandment from Hadis instead of Al Quran ( Allah ) alone, will fall into sinful Syrik, And the will go astray, follow Evil to kill innocent people.

  2. Well this Hadith thing is your point of view. My point of view is that the Iran / Saudi thing has nothing to do with religion. (whether Hadith or Qur’an) It is pure power play.

    • Woow, I can not believe your opinion that Saudi and Iran’s conflict nothing to do with religion???
      Gov. Saudi (( wahabi) has discriminated Muslim Shiah for decades because they are Syiah. Muslim Wahabi radical have been killing Muslim Shiah and Ahmadiyahh in Afghsnisran, Pakistan, Saudi abd other countries. Do not you see that Rafiq?

      Don’t you know that Wahabi (Saudi) punish or kill Muslim Ahmadiysh and Syiah because Wahhabi follow commandment of Imam Muslim Bukhari from the book of hadith.
      As long as Ahmadiyyah do not reject the false hadith wahhabi radical will continue to punish and kill Muslim Ahmadiyyah. Very sad .

      • Well, did we ever see a Saudi Maulvi trying to ‘religiously’ convert a Shia? No. The Saudis just do not like the Shias because they are afraid that their political loyalty may be with Teheran instead of Riyadh. – The Saudis also do not like the Ahmadiyya Muslims because the Saudis would like to be considered the ultimate Muslim leaders while of course the loyality of the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is with their own Khalifa. In that connection: Is it not so that King Feisal was contemplating to become a Khalifa? Well, did not Allah have different plans with him? But what I am saying does not mean that I think that all you are saying is wrong. Let’s say we both are right to some extent.

  3. NO WONDER ALLAH ALMIGHTY curse and punish most Muslims around the world because they turn away from Holy Books and believe in their idols ( their masters) as Allah has warned in Holy book Quran 9:31. Milions people have been suffered, murdered and ran away from their home. Very sad.
    Thousand years ago, Jews turned away from Taurat and believed their idols or masters. Allah cursed and punished Jews, millions Jews became refugee in Europe, then Allah also cursed and punished Christians in Europe because they turned away from Gospel, Millions Christians ran away from their home, millions people died.

    After 1400 years Prophet Muhammad died, most Muslims around the world have turned away from Holy Quran, and believe in their IDOLS such as Imam Muslim, Bukhari etc.

    For example: Imam Muslim command to punish and kill Blasphemer, gay lesbian, apostates and those Muslims who do not follow Caliphate (ISIS).

    Whereas Allah almighty forbid to kill innocent people.
    I urge all Muslims Ahmadiyyah and others around the world to purify your faith and believe in Al Quran ( ALLAH) alone, do not associete Allah almighty with other idols such as imam Muslim and Bukhari.
    Was Salam

  4. @ RAFIQ ”
    . The Saudis just do not like the Shias because they are afraid that their political loyalty may be with Teheran instead of Riyadh. – The Saudis also do not like the Ahmadiyya Muslims because the Saudis would like to be considered the ultimate Muslim leaders while of course the loyality of the members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is with their own Khalifa ”

    No Wonder, Allah Almighty curse and punish Muslim severely because each secte of Islam strongly believe in their own Khalifa or Master instead of Allah or Holy Quran alone.
    1. Wahhabi Muslims believe in their own Khalifah or King
    2. Shiah Muslims believe in their own Khalifah too Khomenie.
    3. Muslims Ahmadiyah belueve in their own Khalifah too
    4. Muslims Isis believe in their own Khalifah too.

    Prophet Muhammad ( Saw) clearly say in Al Quran 9:31; Do not believe in your idol ( Khalifah), instead of Allah alone.
    No wonder Allah has cursed Muslim Ahmadiyyah every Islamic countries, Muslim Shiah and Muslim Wahhabi.

    Liberal Muslims do not believe in Khalifah or Islamic Master, believe in only Al Quran or Allah alone. Thats why Allah bless Liberal Muslims and Liberal leaders ( Muslim or Christian or Jew) .

    Please obey Allah through His books, you will be save on earth and hereafter. Imam, Khalifah, or Islamic Master can not save your life on earth and hereafter.

    Your Khalifah or imam and you will face Allah’s judgement equally, there is no differences between you and your Khalifah or imam.
    All love

  5. For government and political affairs we need secular leadership like in the Western countries and we can leave personal religion and spirituality to religious leaders, this will make life so much easier for the Muslims.

    This is why we are promoting secularism in every country of the world. See our tab in the main menu about secularism.

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