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33 killed in Afghanistan mosque blast

A blast tore through a mosque during Friday prayers in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, killing 33 people and wounding dozens more, officials said.

Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesperson for the Taliban administration, in a Tweet confirmed the death toll and said 43 people had also been wounded.

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“The perpetrators of these incidents are…evil elements and serious efforts are being made to arrest and punish them,” he said. It was not clear who was behind the explosion that the local commander said hit the mosque during Friday prayers.

Several blasts claimed by Daesh hit the northern cities of Kunduz and Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday. One of them, at a mosque and another a day earlier at a school in western Kabul, targeted the Shia minority. Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers say they have secured the country since taking power in August, but international officials and analysts say the risk of a resurgence in militancy remains.

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