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9 dead in Ghanzi mosque explosion

9 dead in Ghanzi mosque explosion

May 25, 2013 - 14:53

GHAZNI CITY (PANinfo-icon): Nine people were killed and several others injured in a bomb blast inside a mosqueinfo-icon in Andar district of southern Ghazni province, an official said.

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 Talibaninfo-icon 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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