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35 killed, 70 injured in eastern Afghan town mosque explosions

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KABUL — At least 35 people were killed and more than 70 others injured after two explosions ripped through a mosque in Gardez, an eastern town in Afghanistan on Friday, sources said.

The incident took place at around 1:30 pm local time when people were offering Friday prayers inside Imam-i-Zaman Mosque in Police District 2 of the city, which is the capital of eastern Paktia province,Xinhua news agency reported.

Two assailants also died on the spot, according to report.

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Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures in Khowja Hassan neighborhood mostly dominated by Shiite Afghans.

The mosque building was also severely damaged by the blasts.

Media and people were not allowed to enter the site and no one knows what exactly is ongoing inside the building.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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