Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Afghanistan: 12 killed in blast inside mosque in Khost

Afghanistan: 12 killed in blast inside mosque in Khost

Seven Indians working for an RPG Enterprises company in Afghanistan were kidnapped from Baghlan province in the northeast of the war-torn country on Sunday morning.

According to Afghan officials, the Taliban apparently mistook them for government employees.

In New Delhi, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said: "We are aware of the abduction of Indian nationals from Baghlan province in Afghanistan".

Provincial Public Health officials confirmed the casualties and said 33 others have sustained injuries.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Taliban said it was not involved in the explosion.

The kidnapping of six Indians happened on the day when a powerful blast at a voter registration centre in Afghanistan's restive east killed or wounded at least 30 people.

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The recent uptick in violence comes despite reports in March that suggested some factions of the Taliban had expressed interested in pursuing peace talks with the Afghan government.

Abdul Hanan Zadran, deputy chief for the police in Khost, told Anadolu Agency the incident took place in the Yaqubi Mosque being used as voter registration center in the Khost city.

Last month, an IS suicide bomber attacked a voter registration centre in Kabul, killing 60 people and wounding at least 130 others.

He also said that the area where the Indians were picked up from has significant presence of the Taliban. "Now, the ISI-backed Taliban will find it hard to attack Indian interests in the country for fear of annoying Big Brother Beijing".

In the eastern Paktia province, a vehicle bomb killed two people and wounded another three.

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