Srinagar: A suicide bomber stormed into the largest Shiite Muslim mosque in Afghanistan’s Herat province last evening opening fire on worshippers before blowing himself up, killing at least 29 and wounding 64 others, 10 of them critically, reports quoting hospitals said on Wednesday.
Quoting eyewitnesses The Associated Press reported that the scene was one of horrific carnage.
The attack took place in the middle of evening prayers when the mosque was packed with about 300 worshippers.
Although it was not clear if there was a second attacker, witnesses in the area reported hearing a second explosion about 10 minutes after the initial bomber detonated his explosives.
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, reports said.
Located just 50 meters (150 feet) away was an Afghan National Police station, reports said the police were too frightened to take action and stood outside the mosque while the attack happened. (Agencies)