Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Afghanistan: 12 killed in blast inside mosque in Khost

Pakistan       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published Pakistan by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published
Gerardo Duncan | 07 May, 2018, 15:14

He claimed that when the Afghan nationals talked with the Taliban through the locals, they (the Taliban) said that the insurgents thought the seven were Afghan government employees.

"We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained", the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said."Abductions for ransom are common in Afghanistan", a senior official who has served in Afghanistan told TNIE. Worshippers had finished afternoon prayers at the mosque, which was also being used as a voter registration center for upcoming parliamentary elections.

It was the latest attack on election preparations and comes nearly a week after 25 people were killed in a double bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Meanwhile, media reports on Monday, said that Intelligence officials of Afghanistan have detained a three-member kidnap gang from capital Kabul city.

They were abducted while travelling to the area, where the company, KEC, owns an electricity sub-station contract. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the abduction and no ransom has been sought, reports added.

According to Bashir Khan, a spokesman for the police department in Khost province, explosives apparently had been hidden in the mosque and were detonated while some people were praying and others registering to vote.

Pakistan on Sunday strongly condemned a terrorist attack at a voter registration centre in a mosque in Khost killing and injuring scores of innocent people. Neither had an exact figure for casualties.

Police said another civilian was wounded in the attack, in an area where the Taliban and an IS affiliate are active.

In the eastern Paktia province, a vehicle bomb killed two people and wounded another three.

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