Monday, November 21, 2016

Suicide Bomber Kills 27 in Afghan Shiite Mosque; Thousands of Afghan Civilians Killed Since 2001

A suicide bomber killed at least 27 people and wounded dozens today (November 21, 2016) in an explosion at a crowded Shiite mosque in Kabul, the Afghan capital, according to the Reuters website.

The attacker entered the Baqir-ul-Olum mosque shortly after midday as worshipers had gathered for a ceremony, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Thousands of civilians have been killed in Afghanistan in the 15 years since the Taliban regime was brought down in the U.S.-led campaign in 2001.

In July, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported that 1,601 civilians had been killed in the first half of this year alone -- a record since it began keeping figures in 2009.

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