At least 62 people dead in blast at Afghanistan mosque

The explosion took place as dozens of people gathered inside the mosque for weekly Friday prayers.
Image: A volunteer carries an injured youth to hospital, following a bomb blast in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
A volunteer carries an injured youth to a hospital following a blast during weekly Friday prayers in a mosque in Afghanistan.Noorullah Shirzada / AFP - Getty Images

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By Ahmed Mengli and Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 62 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a blast during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan.

A local government spokesperson confirmed the death toll to NBC News. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said at least 33 people were wounded in the explosion.

The blast took place as dozens of people gathered inside the mosque for the Friday prayers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State militant group are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially Nangarhar province.

On Thursday, a United Nations report said more than 2,500 civilians were killed and over 5,600 wounded in the first nine months of this year in Afghanistan.