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Blast hits mosque in northeastern Afghanistan, killing worshippers

A blast tore through a mosque in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunduz province on Friday (October 8) killing and wounding many people, Taliban officials said.

Eyewitness video from the blast site showed several injured people being carried away from the scene. The mosque is used by people from the minority Shi’ite Muslim community.

No group immediately claimed responsibility. The blast followed several attacks, including one at a mosque in Kabul, in recent weeks, some of which have been claimed by the Sunni Muslim militants of Islamic State.

One Taliban official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 28 people had been killed and dozens more wounded in Friday’s blast.

There have been several attacks, including one at a mosque in Kabul, in recent weeks, some of which have been claimed by Islamic State. The attacks have underscored security challenges for the Taliban, which took over the country in August and have since carried out operations against Islamic State cells in Kabul.

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