Blasts collapse roof at Afghan mosque, killing not less than 62 at Friday prayers – Africa, Asia and Australia

A number of explosions at a mosque in japanese Afghanistan collapsed the roof on worshippers throughout Friday prayers, killing not less than 62 and wounding greater than 100, officers mentioned.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor, mentioned bombs had been positioned contained in the mosque within the Jawdara space of Haska Mena district.

“Individuals utilizing an excavator are nonetheless working to deliver out the our bodies and injured from below the roof,” mentioned Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar, including that the demise toll was more likely to rise.

Malik Mohammadi Gul Shinwari, a tribal elder from the world, mentioned that the mosque had been destroyed.

“It was a heartbreaking scene I witnessed,” Shinwari mentioned.

No group instantly claimed accountability however the authorities accused Taliban insurgents, who’re preventing to reimpose strict Islamic regulation after their 2001 ouster by U.S.-led forces.

Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the presidential palace, condemned what he mentioned was a suicide bomb assault.

“The Taliban and their companions’ heinous crimes proceed to focus on civilians on the time of worship,” Sediqqi added.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban, denied accountability.

“All witnesses say it was a mortar assault by Kabul Adm.(Administration) forces,” he mentioned in a tweet.

The Taliban and Islamic State fighters are actively working in components of Nangarhar, which shares a border with Pakistan within the east.

In western Herat province, six civilians have been killed and 5 wounded when their automobile was hit by roadside bomb, Jailani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor, mentioned.

Girls and kids are among the many victims, Farhad added.

A UN report recorded four,313 civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan prior to now three months.