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25 killed, 33 injured in suicide attack on Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan

Two explosions ripped through the mosque at around 1.30 p.m. when people were offering Friday prayers inside Imam-e-Zaman Mosque

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: August 03, 2018 19:35 IST ]

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At least 25 people were killed and 33 others were wounded in a suicide attack that targeted a Shiite mosque in Gardez City of eastern Afghanistan on Friday, according to TOLO news.

Two explosions ripped through the mosque at around 1.30 p.m. when people were offering Friday prayers inside Imam-e-Zaman Mosque, Xinhua news agency reported.

The mosque is located in Police District 2 of Gardez city, the capital of eastern Paktia province.

"The preliminary information and initial findings of our police showed that two back to back blasts struck when people were inside the mosque. So far, we have no more details but the number of casualties may change as the victims were shifted to different hospitals across the city," a police officer told Xinhua.

Security forces cordoned off the area for precautionary measures in Khowja Hassan neighbourhood mostly dominated by Shia Afghans.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

(With agency inputs)

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