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At least 50 dead in Afghanistan mosque explosion

A large explosion killed more than 50 worshipers on April 29 during a prayer session at a mosque in the capital. Kabul of Afghanistan.

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Two men run from the site of an explosion at the Khalifa Sahib Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan April 29

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Reuters reported that a large explosion occurred at the Khalifa Sahib Mosque west of the capital Kabul from Afghanistan in the early afternoon of April 29, killing more than 50 people. It was the latest in a series of attacks on civilian targets Afghanistan in the month ramadan the Muslims.

Besmullah Habib, deputy spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said ten people have been confirmed dead so far.

The attack occurred as devotees gathered after prayer on April 29 for an activity known as zikr. Sayed Fazil Agha, the head of the church, said he believes the suicide bomber joined them at the ceremony and detonated them.

“Black smoke rose and spread everywhere, bodies lay everywhere,” Agha said, adding that his nephews were also among the dead.

A medical source said hospitals have received 66 bodies and 78 injured so far.

The emergency hospital in downtown Kabul said it was treating 21 patients and two had died on arrival. Staff at another hospital said they received 49 patients and about five bodies.

America and its mission united nation in Afghanistan condemned the attack. At least two UN staff and their families were inside the mosque when the blast occurred.

“There are no words strong enough to condemn this heinous act,” said Mette Knudsen, the UN Secretary-General’s deputy special envoy for Afghanistan.

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Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban government, also condemned the blast and said the perpetrators would be found and punished.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Attacks have killed many Afghan civilians in recent weeks, some by the Islamic State (IS) group.

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