Islamic State says it carried out attack at Shi'ite mosque in central Afghanistan

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    Published: 2019-07-06 17:57:52 BdST

FILE PHOTO: A member of the Iraqi security forces celebrates as he holds an Islamic State flag on top of a building destroyed in clashes in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq Jul 10, 2017. REUTERS

Islamic State fighters claimed responsibility on Saturday for a deadly overnight attack in a mosque in central province of Ghazni in Afghanistan.

At least two people were killed and 20 others sustained injuries as a bomb planted by the hardline Islamist militants inside the Mohammadiya mosque, used by Shi’ites, went off on Friday night, said Aref Noori, a provincial government spokesman.

Islamic State frequently targets Afghanistan’s Shi’ite minority, which it calls “apostates”. The militant group said 40 people were injured in the explosion.

The explosive device was planted ahead of the Friday prayers, government officials said.