At least 10 dead in Kabul Shiite mosque attack

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Almost 70 people were killed on Friday in a two suicide attacks on mosques in Afghanistan's capital and in the western province of Ghor, officials said. I tried to stop someone to help me help the wounded but everyone was in a panic.

The statement, however, said the local official was killed along with as many as 30 other worshipers.

There were also reports of at least 20 people being killed in a second mosque attack in central Afghanistan.

District governor Mohsen Danishyar reported that the attack claimed lives of 30 people, however, the provincial governor confirmed only 10 deaths.

Iqbal Nezami, a spokesman for the Ghor provincial police, said at least 20 people were killed in the bombing that appeared to target a local leader.

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The blast happened as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers. He said it was a powerful blast that killed and wounded a large number of people.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack, the latest in a devastating week that saw Taliban attacks kill scores across the country.

Four attackers who set off explosions and fired gunshots laid siege to the mosque in the north of the capital for four hours as dozens of men, women and children had gathered for Friday prayers.

Afghanistan's army and police have suffered heavy casualties this year at the hands of the Taliban, a Sunni group who want to re-impose their strict version of Islamic law in the country.

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