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Afghanistan: At least 62 killed in mosque bombing attack 03:26

Afghanistan: At least 62 killed in mosque bombing attack

Afghanistan, Jalalabad
October 19, 2019 at 03:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least 62 people have been killed and over 100 injured after a mosque was struck by a bombing on Friday in the area of Haska Mena in Nangarhar province.

Footage shows a number of the injured being taken to the Sehat Ama Hospital in Jalalabad.

"According to our colleague's information, 25 dead bodies were moved to the hospitals, but most of the victims are still under debris, or under the roof of the mosque. The [death] toll can change," said Nangarhar Provincial Health Department Spokesperson Zahir Adil.

Abdul Wahab, one of those injured in the blast, said "that mosque was for the whole village so around 300 people were in the mosque at that time, most of the people were under debris and killed, just maybe several people were rescued there."

"The mosque was completely destroyed," Wahab added.

According to reports, the bomb struck as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers and the force of the blast was so great that a section of the mosque's roof collapsed. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Afghanistan: At least 62 killed in mosque bombing attack 03:26
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At least 62 people have been killed and over 100 injured after a mosque was struck by a bombing on Friday in the area of Haska Mena in Nangarhar province.

Footage shows a number of the injured being taken to the Sehat Ama Hospital in Jalalabad.

"According to our colleague's information, 25 dead bodies were moved to the hospitals, but most of the victims are still under debris, or under the roof of the mosque. The [death] toll can change," said Nangarhar Provincial Health Department Spokesperson Zahir Adil.

Abdul Wahab, one of those injured in the blast, said "that mosque was for the whole village so around 300 people were in the mosque at that time, most of the people were under debris and killed, just maybe several people were rescued there."

"The mosque was completely destroyed," Wahab added.

According to reports, the bomb struck as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers and the force of the blast was so great that a section of the mosque's roof collapsed. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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