An Afghan police guard near the site of an explosion, in Kabul Image Credit: File photo

Kabul: A gunman stormed a mosque in western Afghanistan and killed six people, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

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Interior ministry spokesman Abdul Mateen Qani said that on Monday around 9:00 pm (1630 GMT) "an unknown armed person shot at civilian worshippers in a mosque" in Herat province's Guzara district.

"Six civilians were martyred and one civilian was injured," he wrote on social media platform X early Tuesday morning.

The state-run Bakhtar News Agency gave the same death toll for the attack, which took place in a district just south of the provincial capital of Herat city.