At least 62 worshipers killed and more than 100 others wounded in twin blasts that targeted a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, officials confirmed.
The force of the blast, in eastern Nangarhar province, destroyed the building’s roof, eyewitnesses said. The mosque sits in the district of Haska Mina, about 50km (30 miles) from the provincial capital Jalalabad.
It is not clear who carried out the attack. The Taliban have denied they were behind the bombing.
Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar, said The number of casualties may rise as the rescue team and people are working to bring out the bodies from the rubble,”
Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, strongly condemned the attack by posting a statement on Twitter “The Afghan government strongly condemns today’s suicide attack in a mosque in Nangarhar province,”
On Thursday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released a report showing record-high levels of civilian casualties in the first nine months of 2019, indicating an urgent need for all parties to the conflict to do more to protect civilians from harm.
Overall, in the first nine months of 2019, UNAMA documented 8,239 civilian casualties (2,563 killed and 5,676 injured).