Dozens Killed, Wounded In Suicide Attack On Afghan Mosque

Powerful blast has torn through a packed mosque inside an Afghan army base in the eastern Khost Province as Friday Prayers were drawing to a close, killing at least 12 people, a local official said.Talib Mangal, a Khost governor spokesman told RFE/RL on November 23 that "according to initial estimates" another 33 people were wounded in the explosion.Some news agencies put the deaths toll at 26, citing Afghan officials who said more than 50 others were wounded in the attack.No group claimed responsibility for the assault that targeted soldiers offering prayers."There were soldiers lying everywhere and the smoke was so thick, it was difficult to see," Abdullah, a spokesman at the base, told the Associated Press news agency.It wasn't immediately clear whether the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, calling it "anti-Islamic and inhumane."..........................

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