9 killed, 25 injured as blast hits mosque in Afghanistan

A worker stacks materials for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections in October 2018. Reuters

A worker stacks materials for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections in October 2018. Reuters

The death toll is high as it is a Friday and people would have gathered at the Mosque for prayers.

The base is located in eastern Khost province, a stronghold of the Haqqani-linked Taliban group.

A bomb exploded during Friday prayers in a mosque packed with army troops in Afghanistan's southeastern Khost province, killing at least 27 of them, a government spokesman said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which follows a wave of deadly attacks across Afghanistan in recent weeks as militants step up assaults amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to end the 17-year conflict.

Provincial public health director Gul Ahmad Shah confirmed 44 wounded had been taken to the Khost city public hospital.

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The blast comes just days after more than 50 people were killed when a suicide bomber struck a gathering in Kabul of religious leaders, scholars and worshippers of the Sufi sect of Islam to mark the Prophet Mohammed's birthday.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack in a statement as "anti-Islamic and inhumane".

Abdullah said it still wasn't clear whether the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or whether a remotely detonated devise was used.

Afghan special forces called in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation airstrike during an operation Wednesday against the Taliban in eastern Logar province.

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