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Afghanistan: 10 killed in Khost blast

Afghanistan: 10 killed in Khost blast

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 06 May 2018, 05:49 pm

Kabul, May 6 (IBNS): At least 10 people were killed when a blast rocked a mosque in Khost city in southeast of Afghanistan on Sunday, media reports said.

The incident took place in the vicinity of Yaqoobi area targeting a mosque where dozens of people had gathered to obtain voter cards, as per Khaama Press.

Provincial Public Health Director Habib Shah confirmed to Afghanistan-based Khaama Press that the dead bodies of at least ten People have been shifted to the hospitals along with at least thirty four others who have sustained injuries.

Security forces have reached the spot of the blast.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Terrorism-hit Afghanistan in 2018:

Afghanistan has witnessed several terrorism-related attacks this year.

Armed conflict in Afghanistan killed 763 civilians and injured 1,495 in the first three months of this year, the United Nations mission in the country said recently.

“All parties to the conflict in Afghanistan must do everything in their power to protect civilians from harm,” said Ingrid Hayden, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. “Afghan civilians continue to suffer, caught in the conflict, in ways that are preventable; this must stop now.”

The 2,258 civilian casualties, documented from 1 January to 31 March by the UN Assistance Mission in the country, known as UNAMA, are at the similar levels recorded in the first three months of 2017 and 2016. Anti-Government elements caused 1,500 civilian casualties, up six per cent from the same period last year.

Suicide improvised explosive devices (IED) and complex attacks were the leading cause of civilian casualties – a new trend. The Mission found that combats on the ground were the second leading cause, followed by targeted and deliberate killings, explosive remnants of war, and aerial operations.

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