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Blast kills 14 as militants target Afghan Shiites during Ashura

A policeman keeps watch inside the Karte Sakhi shrine in Kabul on October 12, 2016, after an attack by gunmen late on October 11Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) (AFP) – At least 14 Shiites were killed Wednesday in a powerful blast at a mosque in northern Afghanistan, the second deadly attack on the minority in as many days during the major festival of Ashura. “The explosion happened at the gate of the Shiite mosque in the centre of Balkh district (in Balkh province),” said the provincial governor’s spokesman Munir Ahmad Farhad, adding that 14 people were killed and 28 injured. The blast came as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for twin attacks in Kabul Tuesday that also targeted Shiites, killing up to 18 people and wounding dozens.

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