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  • Relatives inspect after an overnight suicide attack at a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan. August 2, 2017.

    Relatives inspect after an overnight suicide attack at a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan. August 2, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

A suicide attack against a Shi’ite mosque on Tuesday in the western Afghan city of Herat left more than 29 people dead and over 64 wounded.

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Shortly after the attack, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility through their official news agency, AMAQ.

“About 50 Shi'ite were killed and 80 wounded in an attack by Islamic State militants yesterday on a husseiniya in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan,” AMAQ reported, offering figures different from those provided by Herat Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi.

Local police spokesman Abdulhai Walizada claimed that there appeared to be more than one attacker, with witnesses describing one suicide bomber who detonated explosives and another man who threw grenades at worshippers.

“Two attackers entered the mosque and started shooting and throwing grenades at people," worshipper Mohammad Adi told Reuters. Adi, who was injured in the attack, was at the mosque when the incident occurred. 

The besieged mosque, known as Jama Masjid, was also attacked two months ago, leaving seven people dead. The religious landmark was built in the 12th century.

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