At least 30 people have been killed on Tuesday in an explosion at a minority Shia mosque in the western Afghan province of Herat, Al Jazeera quoted local sources as saying.
“There has been an explosion at the gate of Jawadia Mosque in Herat city,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP news agency.
Reuters quoted hospital authorities in Herat as saying that all the dead and wounded were worshipping in the mosque when a suicide bomber blew himself up.
Abdulhai Walizada, a local police spokesman, said there appeared to be more than one attacker, with a suicide bomber who detonated explosives and another who threw grenades at worshippers.
“At around 8:00pm (1530 GMT) tonight, a terrorist attack was carried out on a mosque in the third security district of Herat city,” Walizada told AFP news agency.
“Based on our initial information two terrorists were involved one of them wearing a suicide vest, who detonated himself while the second one was armed with a rifle. They are both dead,” he added.
Another official said that the first attacker detonated his explosives outside the mosque and then the second attacker opened fire in the worshippers inside the mosque.
#AFG The mosque was packed with almost 1,000 worshippers. My eyes just see dead bodies and blood everywhere. This is a massacre,
— BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) August 1, 2017
However eyewitnesses said a number of wounded were also taken to private health facilities in Herat city.
About 30 people are reported to be wounded, and local officials say the death toll is expected to rise.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack to hit Afghanistan, which has seen more than 1,700 civilian deaths so far this year.