A suicide bomb has killed 27 people in a Shia mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan - photo EPA
At least 27 people have been killed and many more have been wounded by a suicide bomb detonated in a Shia mosque in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul on Monday. The explosion occurred at around 12:30 pm local time.
The attack has been claimed by Islamic State (IS) who are Sunni Muslim. Shia Muslims in Afghanistan have been targeted and attacked at least three times by IS in recent past.
It is estimated that 20% of the Afghan population are Shia Muslim with the rest being Sunni.
President Ashraf Ghani said the attack was an attempt "to sow seeds of discord" and Afghan government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah urged the country not to fall victim to "enemy plots that divide us by titles".
The Taliban, a Sunni Islamist fundamentalist group fighting in Afghanistan, has also condemned the attack.
to detonate - to activate; to set off
to claim - to declare responsibility
an attempt - a try
sow - to grow
discord - great disagreement and uneasiness among groups
a plot - a plan
to condemn - to publicly express disapproval
Ahmed Khan Rahami, the attacker that exploded a bomb in NYC, receives medical treatment by USA staff -photo by WABC video
The man suspected of detonating a bomb in New York City and planting one in New Jersey has been shot by police and is now in custody.
Ahmed Khan Rahami, 28, a USA-citizen originally born in Afghanistan, is undergoing surgery and receiving medical treatment in New Jersey.
A tavern-owner found Rahami sleeping in a bar's doorway in Linden, New Jersey and called police. When they arrived, police engaged in a shootout with Rahami, who shot two officers, one in the hand, and another in the chest, before he was shot and arrested.
The FBI said that they are not looking for any more suspects at the moment.
to detonate - to set off (a bomb)
to plant - to put something (danergous) somewhere and leave it
in custody - being held by authorities (police)
tavern - a bar