Explosion kills 15 in Afghanistan

World       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

World by Mahmood Idrees | Published

The death toll for the bombing of a mosque in eastern Afghanistan has risen to 14, including a woman, an official said.

At least 13 were killed and 34 left injured in a heavy explosion carried out in a mosque in Khost on Sunday.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban insurgents are active in southern Kandahar, especially in Spin Boldak near the border with Pakistan.

Waheed Majrooh, a spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health, told Al Jazeera more than 30 others were wounded in Sunday's attack, which took place inside Yaqoubi mosque in the city of Khost.

An Afghan wounded man lays on a trolley as others rush him to a hospital following blast at a voter registration centre in Khost Province on May 6, 2018.

TRT World's Bilal Sarwary has more.

Afghanistan plans to hold elections in October, the first since 2014.

Mohammad Saleh Saleh, the district's administrative chief, also confirmed about the attack to the news agency.

In a separate incident, a vehicle carrying shopkeepers on their way to a market struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's northern Faryab Province, killing seven of them.

That day, a suicide bomber in Kandahar Province, southern Afghanistan, also killed 11 students at a local religious school.

The extremist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a heavily Shi'ite-populated area in the Afghan capital.

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