Afghan mosque rocked by early morning blast

By Mia Henderson, CNN • Updated 21st May 2019 An explosion ripped through a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan, killing 15 people and wounding 23 others, officials said. The blast, which took…

Afghan mosque rocked by early morning blast

By Mia Henderson, CNN • Updated 21st May 2019

An explosion ripped through a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan, killing 15 people and wounding 23 others, officials said.

The blast, which took place in the city of Gardez, also set the building on fire, according to Ghulam Shah Zaman, the head of the city’s administrative council.

“The flames were literally licking at the walls of the mosque,” witnesses quoted by CNN said. “My friend was hysterical and crying because his uncle and brother had been killed.”

A witness by the name of Abdurrahman had been inside the mosque when the blast occurred.

“I was just walking in the lobby when I heard the bomb go off in the entrance,” he said. “Everyone was shocked by it because you knew it was very close.”

Zaman told CNN by phone that the blast “has destroyed the windows of the mosque, caused extensive damage to the structure, and ripped the roof off the mosque and wounded people inside.”

The attack is the second bomb blast to take place during Friday prayers this week. The location of this latest blast was not specified.

Last Friday, a bomb attack at a mosque in the eastern Afghan city of Gardez killed two people and wounded at least eight, according to police.

Three large bombs went off in the city during midday prayers, killing three people and wounding at least seven, a police spokesman said.

A nationwide campaign to “root out terrorism,” was launched earlier this year by President Ashraf Ghani. It has been spearheaded by the Afghan forces and the United States.

Speaking at a military graduation ceremony at the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul, Ghani said more than 100,000 troops have been trained to fight against insurgents in recent months.

Ghani said the military had carried out a series of operations in recent months, killing or capturing several hundred insurgents, and causing damage to insurgent strongholds.

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