Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 72

Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 72

Srinagar: Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 72 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation.
The Afghan president issued a statement condemning both attacks and saying that country’s security forces would step up the fight to “eliminate the terrorists who target Afghans of all religions and tribes.”
In the attack in Kabul, a suicide bomber walked into the Imam Zaman Mosque, a Shiite mosque in the western Dashte-e- Barchi neighborhood where he detonated his explosives vest, killing 35 and wounding 45, reports quoting officials said.
According to reports the suicide bombing in Ghor province struck a Sunni mosque, also during Friday prayers and killed 37 people, including a warlord who was apparently the target of the attack.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack, the latest in a devastating week that saw Taliban attacks kill scores across the country.