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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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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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