A four-year-old boy photographed in a Kabul mosque last week as police desperately tried to call him to safety during an attack by Islamic State gunmen is back with his family but still suffering nightmares, his father said.
Ali Ahmad was with his grandfather in the Shi'ite Imam Zaman mosque on Friday when at least two attackers in police uniforms stormed in, one exploding a suicide-bomb vest and the other firing indiscriminately at the hundreds of worshippers inside.
A picture by Reuters photographer Omar Sobhani showed Ali standing alone in the courtyard of the mosque as policemen taking cover behind a doorway call and wave to him. He survived the attack but his grandfather was among at least 20 killed.
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The attack, the latest in a series targeting Shi'ite mosques, was claimed by Islamic State Khorasan, the local branch of Islamic State which takes the name of an old region that included what is now Afghanistan.
According to the United Nations, at least 62 civilians have been killed and 119 injured in six separate attacks on Shi'ite mosques this year.