A bomb exploded during Friday's prayers in a mosque filled with army forces in Afghanistan's southeastern Khost province, killing at…
A bomb exploded during Friday’s prayers in a mosque filled with army forces in Afghanistan’s southeastern Khost province, killing at least 27 of them, a government spokeswoman said.
There were contradictory accounts of how the blasting triggered. Some officials said a suicide bomber detonated explosives on his body, while other officials said they suspected that a bomb hidden in the mosque’s main hall detonated as soldiers began to offer special Friday prayers.
Dozens of other troops were injured in an attacking head of the Mandozai district near the border with Pakistan.
“The first report we have suggested that 10 have been killed. It happened during Friday’s prayers,” said Talib Mangal, a spokesman for the governor of Khost.
Later an Afghan spokesman in Abdullah said 27 troops died in the explosion.
The attack came three days after 55 Islamic researchers and priests were killed by a suicide bomber at a hotel in Kabul, while they noticed the birth of Israel’s prophet Muhammad.
No group has claimed responsibility for either attack. Ordinary Afghans and the US backed government bother with the rising military in the Taliban and Islamic state insurances.
A spokesman for the defense department Sayed Ghafoor Javid said in a phone call that a helicopter was sent to evacuate the accidents, but He said he had no fixed figure on the number of dead and injured.
Based on the brigade commander’s account present at the time of the blast, Maj-Gen Malik Maluk, senior defense officer in the defense area, the Kabul minister told the Washington Post that the explosion occurred just after the prayer ended its sermon.
Army bases have been attacked by Taliban militants in recent years, but Friday’s event aimed at a mosque was the first of its kind in such a facility. However, the Islamic state extremist group has hit many mosques and gatherings for Shiite Muslims in recent years and killed hundreds of people.
Friday’s attack seems likely to be seen as another facilitating failure for the Afghan security device, which has suffered major mismatches in recent years. President Ashraf Ghani a few weeks ago put the number of deaths from the national security forces in the last four years at 28,000.
In a statement from the presidential palace, Ghani ordered an investigation of the incident and demanded punishment by negligent officials. 19659015] The rising violence and the scale of fresh attacks in various parts of the country gives further questions about the government’s ability to hold a decisive presidential election in Kabul on April 20. Long-delayed parliamentary elections were held last month, but the vote was terrified by extensive misconduct and major attacks by the Taliban.
In recent months, Taliban officials have had several talks with US diplomats in recent months when Washington is looking for a way to end a rebellion initiated after the Taliban were abducted from the power of Kabul by US Airstrikes and Afghan Resistance forces at the end of 2001. The United States intervention followed September 11, 2001, te rrorist attacks, ordered from Afghanistan by al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Taliban talks in the United States have led to speculation about the formation of a temporary Afghan government involving Taliban members, but a spokesman for the group has rejected an idea.