Blast hits Herat Shia mosque in Herat, casualties feared / Pics

Two suicide bombers attempted to enter the Nabi Akram mosque in Police District 7 on Sunday, but were pushed back by security guards.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - At least one person was killed and seven others wounded in an explosion outside a Shia mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat, an official said.

Two suicide bombers attempted to enter the Nabi Akram mosque in Police District 7 on Sunday, but were pushed back by security guards.

"One was killed in firing and the other triggered his explosives causing casualties," he said.

The ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media, without providing evidence for the claim.

The area of the explosion has been cordoned off by police.

Shia Muslims are a persecuted minority in Afghanistan and have been threatened by the affiliate of the ISIS terrorist group that operates in the country's east.

The attack comes days after an ISIS bomber targeted a group of Shia marking the Persian new year in kabul, killing at least 30 people.

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