‘Large number’ of Afghan mosque worshippers killed in explosion during Friday prayers: report

‘Large number’ of Afghan mosque worshippers killed in explosion during Friday prayers: report


A powerful explosion left multiple casualties inside a Shiite mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz during Friday prayers, according to a senior Taliban official and witnesses.

The cause of the blast at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque was not immediately clear.

Witness Ali Reza, who was praying at the mosque, reported seeing many casualties after the explosion.

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Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a “large number” of worshipers were killed and wounded.

He said Taliban special forces responded to the scene and were investigating the incident.

Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti confirmed the blast to Agence France-Presse, without giving details.

The blast appeared to leave the mosque with extensive damage.AP Photo/Abdullah Sahil The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.AP

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