Afghan police say at least 25 people have been killed in a twin suicide blasts at a Shi’ite mosque in southeastern Afghanistan on Friday.
Raz Mohammad Mandozai, the police chief of Paktia Province, said two suicide bombers detonated their explosives inside the Khawaja Hassan mosque in the provincial capital of Gardez.
Mandozai said the suicide bombers, who he said were disguised in burqas, first killed two security guards at the entrance of the mosque before firing on worshippers and detonating their explosives.
Mandozai said at least 40 people were wounded in the attack and were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures in Khowja Hassan neighbourhood mostly dominated by Shiite Afghans.
Media and people were not allowed to enter the site and no one knows what exactly is ongoing inside the building.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although similar attacks in the past have been claimed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, which has a presence in eastern Afghanistan.