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FM Qureshi condemns blast in Afghan mosque

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday condemned a recent blast in a mosque in Afghanistan that killed at least 29 men.

He in a statement expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the blast.

FM Qureshi said a mosque is an abode of peace, adding the explosion is highly deplorable.

A bomb exploded in a mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, officials said, killing at least 29 men who had gathered for worship, according to a report.

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council in Nangarhar, said at least 29 people had been killed and more than 100 others wounded.

“The number of casualties may rise as the rescue team and people are working to bring out the bodies from the rubble,” Qaderi added.

Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for Nangarhar’s provincial governor, said the roof of the mosque had fallen in due to the blast and so far more than 20 were reported dead.

No militant group has claimed responsibility so far.

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