At Least 10 Killed, 30 Injured In Mosque Blast In Eastern Afghanistan

07 May, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Diane Mills
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NPR's Diaa Hadid also reports for our Newscast unit that seven Indian citizens and their Afghan driver were abducted Sunday in northern Baghlan province.

Baghlan Governor Abdulhai Nemati said that those abducted worked for an Indian company KEC.

External Affairs Ministry said it was in touch with Afghan authorities and ascertaining the details of the incident.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

People had gathered for afternoon prayers at the mosque, which was also being used as a voter registration centre.

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The employees were abducted while they were travelling to the area where the company owns an electricity sub-station contract, the report said. The Associated Press notes that while ISIS has gained more ground in Afghanistan in recent years, the terror group does not have a confirmed presence in Khost.

Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack at a voter registration centre in a mosque in Afghanistan's Khost province that killed and injured dozens earlier on Sunday.

Last month, around 60 people were killed in a suicide attack on a voter centre in the capital Kabul, which was claimed by ISIS and there have been a string of smaller incidents that have deterred many from going to the voter centres.

Nemati said the Taliban had done the kidnapping and moved the group to the Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Pul-e-Khumri city. Abdullah Hsart, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the attack late Saturday targeted Hazart Mohammad Rodwal, a district chief, who was among the wounded.

A vehicle bomb attack in 2008 claimed the lives of two Indian diplomats and two Indo-Tibetan Border Police guards posted at the Indian embassy in Kabul. The Taliban claimed the attack.

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