Kabul Mosque Blast: At Least 17 People Killed, 33 Wounded In Khost


Kabul: A blast at a voter registration centre in Afghanistan’s restive east on Sunday killed at least 13 people and wounded 33, a health official said, capping a bloody week in the war-torn country.

The bomb had been placed in a tent being used to register voters on the grounds of a mosque, marking the latest attack on preparations for the long-delayed legislative elections.

“A crowd of people who had come out of the mosque had gathered to register” when the blast took place, Khost provincial police chief Abdul Hanan Zadran said.

Provincial deputy director of public health Gul Mohammad Mangal said a female election worker died in the incident.

Mr. Mangal warned the toll could rise, with several of the wounded in a critical condition.

“Ambulances are still bringing more people,” he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Taliban said it was not involved in the explosion.