Bombing in Afghan mosque kills at least 12, wounds dozens

Arturo Kim
May 7, 2018

An Afghan official says that the dead toll for the bombing at a mosque in the eastern Khost province that was being used as a voter registration center has risen to 14 people killed, including a woman.

During clashes on Friday, two civilians were killed and four were injured when a mortar shell hit a home in the Andar district. The group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, however, gave a conflicting casualty figure.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which adds to a series of attacks on voter centres since the registration process began in April.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and ISIS are suspected as those groups have a history of targeting democratic elections.

The victims were employees of an Indian company that runs the substation. Baghlan Governor Abdulhai Nemati said the Taliban group took the engineers hostage and moved them to the Dand-e-Shahabuddin area of Pul-e-Khumri city.

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KEC is one of the largest Indian companies in Afghanistan that is responsible for electricity supply in the country.

The insurgents had last week overrun Kohistan, which borders Pakistan after several days of intense clashes.

A vehicle carrying shopkeepers on their way to a market has struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, killing seven of them.

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

Razeq later told VOA that neither he nor his family members were present at the house when the attack occurred in the town of Spin Boldak on the Pakistani border.

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