15 killed, 50 injured in latest Afghan mosque explosion

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Afghanistan mosque bombing

 

At least 15 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded after two explosions ripped through a mosque in Gardez, a town in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, sources said.

The incident occurred at around 1:30pm local time when people were offering Friday prayers inside
Imam-i-Zaman Mosque in Police District II of the city, which is the capital of eastern Paktia province,
a police officer who declined to be named told Xinhua.

“The preliminary information and initial findings of our police showed that two back to back blasts struck
inside the building when people were inside the mosque.

“So far, we have no more details but the number of casualties may change as the victims were shifted to
different hospitals across the city,” he said.

Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures in Khowja Hassan neighbourhood
mostly dominated by Shiite Afghans.

Media and people were not allowed to enter the site and no one knows what exactly is ongoing inside the building.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.’

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