Afghanistan: 12 killed in blast inside mosque in Khost

World       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

The armed men abducted six Indians and one Afghan employee of Indian company KEC in Bagh-e-Shamal village of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, TOLOnews reported, citing local officials.

Indian officials in Kabul said the engineers worked for the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat company that operates a power station in northern Baghlan. The attack was claimed by the Taliban.

"We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan", the statement said.

The abduction, coming days after India and China announced that they will develop a project jointly in Afghanistan, is a reminder of the vulnerability of Indian projects that have been targeted by Taliban and other extremist militia, often on the instructions of the Pakistani army and ISI.

The bomb had been placed in a tent being used to register voters on the grounds of a mosque, Khost provincial police chief Abdul Hanan Zadran was quoted as saying by AFP.




But the Taliban, and the local cell of the Islamic state oppose democratic elections in the country. IS is not proven to own an existence in Khost, but has enlarged its footprint into other places in recent decades.

Talib Mangal, spokesman for the provincial governor, confirmed Sunday's attack and provided the approximate toll.

We will remind that on 22 April in an explosion near a voter registration centre in Kabul, killing about 60 people.

In the eastern Paktia province, a automobile bomb killed two persons and wounded the next 3. Police spokesman Karim Yuresh said another civilian was wounded in Sunday's attack, in an area where both the Taliban and IS are active. The Taliban claimed the attack.

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