Afghanistan military said that 27 died when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives among the participants of Friday prayers in mosque located inside an Afghan army brigade in southeastern Khost province.

Iran PressAsia: An explosion ripped through a mosque inside an Afghan army base in the country's volatile eastern Khost province as Friday prayers were drawing to a close, killing 27 soldiers and wounding 57, Afghanistan military said.

The incident took place in Mandozai district of Khost province which at least ten army soldiers died, Iran Press reported.

No individual or group including Taliban has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Khost has been among the relatively calm provinces since the fall of the Taliban regime but the security situation of the province has deteriorated comparatively during the recent years.

The Taliban militants and other groups often attempt to carry out terrorist related activities in Khost city and other remote districts of the province.

The explosion came just days after dozens of people killed in a powerful explosion at a meeting of top clerics in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

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Sakhi Sardar, head of the hospital in Khost said most of the wounded were being treated for devastating shrapnel wounds.

Afghanistan has been the scene of multiple suicide bombings and attacks in recent weeks. 105/201


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