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Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 27 In Kabul Mosque Attack

A suicide bomber has killed at least 27 people in a suicide attack inside a Shia Muslim mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, police say.

Another 35 were wounded in the blast at the Baqir ul Olum mosque. The attacker was on foot and blew himself up among crowds inside the building, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Afghanistan has largely been spared levels of sectarian violence seen by Pakistan and Iraq. But Shia, who make up about 15% of the population in Afghanistan, have been attacked several times in recent months, including a gun attack on a shrine in Kabul in October.

Militants from so-called Islamic State have claimed similar attacks, including one in July at a Shia protest march in the capital which left 80 dead.

Taliban militants, who are seeking to reimpose Islamic rule in Afghanistan, were quick to distance themselves from the attack. “We condemn this blast,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. “This act cannot be our work and has nothing to do with us.”