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Afghanistan mosque bombing has killed 33 and wounded 43, Taliban say

  • A Friday bombing in an Afghanistan mosque and religious school has killed at least 33.
  • The bombing also wounded another 43, many of them students.
  • No one claimed responsibility immediately, but Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate has claimed a series of bombings from a day earlier.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban official says a bombing at a mosque and religious school in northern Afghanistan on Friday killed at least 33 people, including students of a religious school.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s deputy culture and information minister, said the bombing in the town of Imam Saheb, in Kunduz Province, also wounded another 43 people, many of them students.

No one immediately claimed responsibility, but Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Friday claimed a series of bombings that happened a day earlier, the worst of which was an attack on a Shiite mosque in northern Mazar-e-Sharif that killed at least 12 Shiite Muslim worshipers and wounded scores more.

Earlier the Kunduz provincial police spokesman put the death toll at the mosque and madrassa compound in Imam Saheb at two dead and six injured. Mujahid later tweeted the higher casualty numbers tweeting “we condemn this crime. . . and express our deepest condolences to the victims.”

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