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Death toll of Afghanistan’s mosque explosions soars to 32: report

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KABUL: OCT. 16 – The death toll from suicide explosions inside a mosque in Kandahar city, capital of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, has risen to 32, while 68 others were wounded, the state-run news agency said on Friday.

According to local media Bakhtar News Agency, the explosions occurred inside a Shiite Muslim mosque building at midday when hundreds of worshippers were offering Friday prayers.

At least four assailants were reportedly involved in the deadly attacks.

The number of deaths may further rise as many of the wounded were in critical condition.

No group has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings yet.

The security situation has remained generally calm but uncertain across Afghanistan since the Taliban’s takeover in mid-August.

However, a spate of bomb attacks was launched by the Islamic State (IS) affiliated militants in recent weeks.

On Thursday, a Taliban district police chief was killed and 11 people were wounded when a bomb hit a Taliban vehicle in eastern Kunar province.

-Xinhua

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