Dozens killed in Afghan mosque blast

2012-10-26 09:04

Kabul - A suicide bomber killed at least 32 people and wounded 34 when he struck inside a mosque in Maymana city in northern Afghanistan during Eid al-Adha prayers on Friday, officials said.

The attacker was wearing a police uniform when he blew himself up in the crowded Eid Gah mosque in the provincial capital of Faryab province, deputy provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez said.

"As a result of the explosion, 32 people are dead, 17 civilians and 15 police and intelligence agents. The provincial police chief, Abdul Khaliq Aqsai is among the wounded," he said.

Most provincial government officials were also at the mosque, which was crowded on the first day of the four-day holiday for the Muslim festival of Eid.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suicide bombings are a favourite weapon of Taliban Islamists trying to topple the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

Northern Afghanistan is relatively peaceful, with the Taliban, who were ousted from power in a US-led invasion in 2001, concentrating their operations in the south and east of the country.

But they have recently stepped up their activities in the north, despite the presence of more than 100 000 Nato troops in the country.

  • bruce.williams.1044186 - 2012-10-26 09:23

    It wouldn't have taken a taken a Mayan to predict that. Easiest targets for war!!

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-10-26 09:27

    Whats that about peace and brother-hood?

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-26 09:28

    Religious intollerance: This is unacceptable. F the Taliban

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-26 10:04

      Nothing to do with religion (this was Muslim-on-Muslim!). It is purely political.

      Iqhawe_eliqotho - 2012-10-26 10:17

      Thank you stirrer.stirrer, you are one who sees this war for what it truly is and have managed to become aware of that which lies beyond the facade of religious motive.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-26 12:25

      Not many people kill themselves in purely political motivated attacks , Tibetans self immolate because their religion prevents them from harming others so is it implausible that Muslims use suicide bombing because they believe its a guarenteed ticket to paradise? It also doesn't quite fit with the lengthy video's where they explicitly and laboriously invoke their religion as a basis for the attacks.

  • heibrin.venter - 2012-10-26 09:54

    This article describes Islam to a T.

      mzakes.matabata - 2012-10-26 10:06

      Don't blame Islam, these people are less than 1% of the religion. They are psychos who use Islam as cover for these perverted acts.

  • daleinn - 2012-10-26 09:59

    these people are physcologically affected to kill their own.. what good have they achieved?

  • demi.cooke.7 - 2012-10-26 10:05

    The suicide bomber must be hacked off now, no virgins waiting for him

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-10-26 10:13

    How savage!!! Even while praying to the same God nogal. Now THAT God is gonna be so confused... who must He bless and who must he punish! So nothing is sacred in that highly confused area. Do they realise they all batting for the same side? I understand tribal differences - but are they not all brothers? Brotherhood? Koran? Islam? Someone enlighten me? Its always the innocents that suffer.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-26 10:14

    If it was Taliban.,they wud admit it.Someone paid someone very well to frame the Taliban,and take care of his family forever,also called the propaganda war to win sentiment against the other.

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-10-26 12:04

      Yes, because the Taliban will NEVER kill innocent people? It was not them that attack their own police (own people) daily? And not them who killed the South African? No, for sure, the Taliban is so peace loving! Amazing that everything that happen there, according to some idiots like yourself, is propoganda. You really should open you eyes....and brain!

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-10-26 10:57

    Another one that the Devil is going to have a super good time dancing all over his useless scattered ass for all eternity!

  • pdevillet.patrik - 2012-10-27 09:08

    "what have religion done for you today."

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