On March 25, two suicide bombers attacked Nabi Akram Mosque in the city of Herat, the capital of the northwestern province of Herat, according to the Afghan TOLO TV. Herat police chief’s spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada told TOLO that the Afghan Police had been able to kill one of the suicide bombers, but the other one blew himself up right next to the mosque.
According to the Chinses Xinhua News Agency, one civilian was killed and seven others were injured in the attack.
“Police and the rescue team reached the site following the attack and all the injured were rushed to Herat Regional Hospital for treatment,” Walizada told Xinhua News Agency.
Few hours later, the ISIS-linked news agency confirmed that the two suicide bombers had been fighters of ISIS. Amaq said that ISIS had targeted the Shiite worshipers in the mosque and claimed that 12 of them had been killed or injured in the attack.
The new attack confirms that the ISIS influence has reached the northwestern part of Afghanistan after it had been limited to the eastern part of the country, mainly within Nangarhar province.