2017 Herat mosque attack

On August 1, 2017, two suicide bombers entered a Shi'ite mosque named "Jadwadia" in Herat, Afghanistan during an evening prayer session. After throwing explosives into the crowd, one of the two men detonated his vest. The remaining attacker continued firing on the crowd before detonating his vest as well. The attack caused 33 casualties and left 66 people injured.[1] No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

2017 Herat Mosque artack
Part of War in Afghanistan (2015-present)
Herat
Herat (Afghanistan)
LocationJadwadia mosque, Herat, Afghanistan
Coordinates34°21′10.31″N 69°12′14.50″E
DateAugust 1, 2017
20:00 (UTC + 04:30)
TargetShi'ite worshipers
Attack type
Suicide bombing, Shooting
WeaponsExplosive belt, Assault rifle
Deaths33 (+2 attackers)
Injured66
VictimsShi'ites
No. of participants
2

Background

The attack came 2 days after an attack on an Iraqi embassy in Kabul.[2] A week prior, a car bomb was detonated in Kabul, Afghanistan that left 24 people dead and 24 injured.[3]

Attack

At around 20:00 (UTC + 04:30), two men, one of them wearing a suicide vest and the other armed with a rifle, entered the mosque which was hosting more than 300 people at the time.[4] They threw hand grenades and fired on the worshipers before one of the suicide bombers detonated his bomb. The other attacker continued firing into the crowd until he too detonated his bomb. [5] Twenty-nine people were killed while 64 others were injured. [6] "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", said Hadid, an eyewitness.[7]

Responsibility

No groups have claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman for the Taliban, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, said the Taliban were not involved in this incident.[8]

References

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