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Blast at mosque in Khost kills 14

AT-KABUL: An explosion in a mosque in the eastern Khost province on Sunday killed at least 14 people and wounded 36, local authorities said, marking a rise in election-induced violence.

The mosque was being used as a voter registration site.

An explosion hit ‘Yaqobi’ mosque at a time when locals were performing prayers, said Khost Governor Spokesman Talib Mangal. Some 14 people died and 36took injuries in the explosion.

Mosques are commonly used as voter registration centers or ballot centers in elections in Afghanistan. A voter registration campaign for the parliamentary and district council elections which began last month has marked a bloody course as Taliban and Islamic State militants target civilians participating in the process.

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