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At least 62 killed, 100 injured in Afghanistan mosque blast

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Kabul - Victims include children who were at the mosque.



By Reuters

Published: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 3:30 PM

Last updated: Thu 13 Feb 2020, 10:26 AM

Blasts in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers killed at least 62 men who had gathered for worship, local officials said.
Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said there were multiple blasts from explosives placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district.
The roof of the mosque had completely fallen in.
Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar, while expecting a rise in the number of casualties, said that more than 100 others had been wounded.
Malik Mohammadi Gul Shinwari, a tribal elder from the area, said that the mosque had completely collapsed.
"It was a heartbreaking scene I witnessed with my eyes," Shinwari said, adding that 32 bodies and scores of injured have been transported from the blast site.
Tezab Khan, a member of the local police who was on duty in the area, said: "I could hear the Mullah who was preaching and suddenly his voice was silenced with a boom,"
"When I arrived on the scene, people were trying to bring out the bodies and injured who were stuck under the fallen roof."
No militant group has claimed responsibility for the blasts so far.


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