A volunteer carries an injured youth to hospital, following a bomb blast in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar Province on Friday. AFP
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has firmly condemned a terror attack targeting a mosque in Nangahar in eastern Afghanistan during Friday
prayer that resulted in the death and injury of a number of worshipers.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) affirmed in a statement that the UAE expresses its utter condemnation of this criminal act and rejects all forms of violence and terrorism that destabilise security and stability while undermining all religious and humanitarian principles.
The Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of victims affected by this heinous act of terrorism and wishes for a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.
Blasts in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers killed at least 62 men who had gathered for worship, local officials said.
Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said there were multiple blasts from explosives placed inside the mosque in the Jawdara area of Haska Mena district.
The roof of the mosque had completely fallen in.
Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar, while expecting a rise in the number of casualties, said that more than 100 others had been wounded.
Malik Mohammadi Gul Shinwari, a tribal elder from the area, said that the mosque had completely collapsed.
"It was a heartbreaking scene I witnessed with my eyes," Shinwari said, adding that 32 bodies and scores of injured have been transported from the blast site.
Tezab Khan, a member of the local police who was on duty in the area, said: "I could hear the Mullah who was preaching and suddenly his voice was silenced with a boom,"
"When I arrived on the scene, people were trying to bring out the bodies and injured who were stuck under the fallen roof."
The Jawdara area is controlled by the Afghan security forces. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the blasts so far.
The Taliban and Daesh fighters are actively operating in parts of Nangarhar that share a border with Pakistan in the east.
A United Nations report on civilian casualties recorded 4,313 civilians killed and wounded in the past three months.
A truck packed with explosives blew up near a court in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez on Thursday, killing at least five people, two days after gunmen attacked a maternity ward in the capital Kabul, killing women and newborn babies.
The attack outside the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in western Kabul took place at the road entrance to the war college.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted three vehicles of "foreigners" as they tried to enter the heavily guarded Shashdarak area where the Afghan national security authorities have offices.
Witnesses and an AFP reporter also described hearing gunshots immediately after the blast at the electronic identification registration centre in Jalalabad, capital of Nangarhar province, where both the Taliban and the Daesh group are active.
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Officials earlier said three persons had died in the mishap, while four others were shifted to a hospital. With four more casualties, the death toll had increased to seven the victims included two women.
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