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18 wounded as bomb blast hits Afghan mosque

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this file photo, Afghan police and officials examine the aftermath of a bomb attack inside a mosque in the Puli Alam district of Logar Province. ©AP

A bomb explosion has ripped through a mosque in Afghanistan’s northern province of Baghlan, leaving more than a dozen people injured.

The attack took place as people gathered for Friday prayers in the Ghorbandi area of the Puli Khumri district in Baghlan some 230 km (142 miles) north of the capital, Kabul.

Mohammad Laiq, a worshiper who escaped the bombing unscathed, said 18 people were injured in the blast.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

On October 30, at least six people were killed and four others injured in a mortar attack by members of the Takfiri Daesh militant group against a mosque in the troubled Nangarhar province.

As many as 29 people, including senior local government officials, were injured on July 13, when a bomb blast struck a mosque in Baghlan’s provincial capital city of Puli Khumri, as a large number of people gathered for a public fast-breaking ceremony.

Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity 14 years after the US and its allies attacked the country in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. Although the attack overthrew the Taliban, many areas across Afghanistan still face violence and insecurity.

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