UN chief strongly condemns mosque assault

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Newest on mosque assault in japanese Afghanistan (all instances native):

12:45 a.m.

U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres is strongly condemning the assault inside a mosque throughout Friday prayers in japanese Afghanistan which killed scores of civilians and injured dozens extra.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric advised reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York on Friday that “these liable for this assault have to be held accountable.”

An Afghan official mentioned a minimum of 62 individuals had been killed within the mosque explosion in japanese Nangarhar province that triggered the roof to break down.

Dujarric mentioned the secretary-general “extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the households of the victims and needs a speedy restoration to these injured.”

“He reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the individuals and authorities of Afghanistan,” Dujarric mentioned.

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6:30 p.m.

An Afghan official says a minimum of 62 individuals have been killed in a mosque explosion that triggered the roof to break down in japanese Nagarhar province.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, says 36 others had been wounded within the assault within the Haskamena district. He says there have been kids among the many useless and wounded.

The assault befell as dozens of individuals gathered contained in the mosque to supply weekly Friday prayers.

There was no speedy declare of duty.

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four p.m.

An Afghan official says a minimum of 20 individuals have been killed throughout Friday prayers when a mortar fired by insurgents blasted by means of the roof of a mosque.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of japanese Nangarhar province, mentioned 40 different individuals had been wounded in Friday afternoon’s assault in Haskamena district.

He says the victims embrace kids who had been on the mosque, and that the variety of casualties might nonetheless rise as this was solely the preliminary report.

Nobody instantly claimed duty for the assault, however each the Taliban and the Islamic State group are energetic in japanese Afghanistan, particularly Nangarhar province.

On Thursday, a U.N. report mentioned greater than 2,500 civilians had been killed and over 5,600 wounded within the first 9 months of this 12 months.

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