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Deadly blast hits mosque in Afghanistan's Khost province, 27 army personnel killed, 57 injured

Captain Abdullah, a spokesman for the 2nd Regiment of Army in Mandozai district in Khost said the ANA members were busy in Friday prayers when the suicide attack happened at around 1:30 pm Kabul time.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Kabul [ Updated: November 23, 2018 18:23 IST ]
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At least 27 army personnel were killed and 57 others were injured in a suicide bomb blast that targeted soldiers inside a mosque in their base in Khost province.

The base is located in eastern Khost province, a stronghold of the Haqqani-linked Taliban group.

Captain Abdullah, a spokesman for the 2nd Regiment of Army in Mandozai district in Khost said the ANA members were busy in Friday prayers when the suicide attack happened at around 1:30 pm Kabul time.

Speaking to AP, Afghan military spokesperson Captain Abdullah said that it still wasn't clear whether the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or whether a remotely detonated device was used.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber, but Khost province is a stronghold of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.

The Taliban, however, have in the past decried attacks on religious gatherings but have almost daily targeted Afghan military and security forces.

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