Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Afghanistan Mosque Attack That Killed Two

An explosive device detonated on Friday evening when the mosque in the center of the country was full; eight of the 20 wounded were children

Hats are seen inside a mosque after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 24, 2019.
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An Islamic State group affiliate has claimed responsibility for a bombing in a Shi'ite mosque in central Afghanistan's Ghazni province that killed two people and injured 20 others.

Provincial governor's spokesman Arif Noori says an explosive device detonated during evening prayers on Friday when the mosque was full. Eight of the injured were children.

The Islamic State claim said 40 worshippers were killed or wounded. The Islamic State affiliate, known as Islamic State Khorasan Province reviles Shite Muslims as heretics. Afghanistan is a majority Sunni Muslim state.

On Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, slammed the perpetrators as terrorists and said such acts are against Islam.