Blast in mosque at Afghan interior ministry kills two: hospital

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Two persons were killed when a bomb blast tore through a mosque on the grounds of Afghanistan’s interior ministry in Kabul on Wednesday, a hospital said. Italian non-governmental organisation Emergency, which operates a hospital in Kabul, said it had received 20 patients “after a bomb attack in a mosque at the interior ministry”.

“Two were already dead on arrival,” it said on Twitter.However interior ministry spokesman Abdul Nafy Takor said the explosion happened “in a mosque which is at a distance from the ministry of interior” where visitors and some employees pray.He did not give an indication of official casualty figures, or the exact distance from the ministry, but said an investigation was ongoing.

The latest blast comes after a suicide bombing on Friday killed 53 people in a Kabul classroom, including 46 girls and women, according to a UN death toll. Witnesses said the attacker blew himself up in the women’s section of a gender-segregated classroom of a study hall in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood — an enclave of the historically oppressed Hazara community.