A suicide attack struck nearby a mosque of Shiite Muslims in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday afternoon, leaving six dead and 20 injured, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The Islamic State extremist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the incident, which occurred two days before a major religious commemoration marked by Shiites.
The attacker ignited a bomb tied onto his vest on the road outside the Hussainia mosque, which caused significant damage to a row of nearby shops. With Friday being the local day of rest, a greater number of casualties has been avoided.
An on-duty security guard who was injured in the incident described the moment he came face to face with the attacker.