At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on worshippers in a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday as they gathered for evening prayers, officials said.

“Ten bodies have been taken to hospitals in Kabul.

A senior security official said the exact number of casualties was unknown but that security forces at the scene had removed at least 30 bodies.

Officials later said that the bomber had first opened fire at the mosque.

"A suicide bomber entered the mosque in Police District 13 of Kabul city. The attacker opened fire on worshippers," Kabul crime branch chief General Mohammad Salim Almas told AFP.

Afghanistan's Shiite population has been heavily hit this year, with at least 84 people killed and 194 wounded in attacks on mosques and religious ceremonies, according to a United Nations report released last week.

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