9 dead in Ghanzi mosque explosion
The powerful blast occurred on Friday evening when people were offering prayers in the mosque in Alijan village, the district chief, Mohammad Qasim Desiwal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the explosives belonged to some travelling Taliban insurgents who had stopped in the village to offer prayers.
He said the Taliban fighters had transported the explosives which accidentally detonated while they were inside, killing nine people, including four militants and five civilians.
Several others were wounded in the blast, Desiwal said, but he has no exact figures. The incident is being investigated.
However, resident Mohibullah put at 10 the number of people killed in the blast, says many others remained trapped under the rubble and residents were trying to recue them.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the incident, saying Taliban members were on their way for an operation when they had stopped at the mosque to offer prayers. He said the explosion was a result of a technical problem.
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