Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills 50 in Friday mosque attack

by Akeem Alao

No fewer than 50 persons were killed when a suicide bombers detonated his device during Friday prayers at a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Hundreds of worshippers were gathered inside the Khalifa Sahib Mosque in western Kabul when the huge explosion took place.

Officials put the death toll at 10 but the mosque’s leader confirmed it had risen to 50 by late afternoon. Hundreds are thought to be injured.

Sayed Fazil Agha who lost his nephews in the attack told Reuters he believed a suicide bomber joined the ceremony before detonating the explosives.

Taliban spokesperson Khalid Zadran maintained the death toll is 10.

“The casualties toll from today’s bomb explosion in a Khanqah adjacent to a mosque in the Alauddin area of Police District-6 reached 40 casualties, including ten deaths,” Mr Zadran tweeted Friday evening.

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