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Afghanistan: Blast at Jalalabad mosque kills 62

Agencies | Updated on: Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:27 PM IST

Men carry an injured person to a hospital after a bomb blast at a mosque, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Friday | REUTERS Photo
Men carry an injured person to a hospital after a bomb blast at a mosque, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on Friday | REUTERS Photo
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Kabul: An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered to offer Friday players, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar, said the militant attack wounded 36 others. He said it was not immediately clear if the mosque was attacked by a suicide bomber or some other type of bombing.

"Both men and children are among those killed and wounded in the attack," he said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan. Zahir Adil, spokesman for the public health department in Nangarhar Province, said 23 of the wounded were transferred to Jalalabad, the provincial capital, and the rest were being treated in the Haskamena district clinic.

The violence comes a day after a UN report said that Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country's increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the UN began keeping statistics. "Civilian casualties at record-high levels clearly show the need for all parties concerned to pay much more attention to protecting the civilian population," said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan.

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Published on: Friday, October 18, 2019, 10:27 PM IST