Afghanistan: Children among at least 62 people murdered in rocket attack on mosque
Dozens of worshipers were gathered inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan for Friday prayers when a rocket fired by Muslim terrorists blasted through the roof, causing it to collapse and killing at least 62 people.
Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says 36 others were wounded in the attack in the Haskamena district. He says there were children among the dead and wounded.
No terror group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and ISIS are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially Nangarhar province.
The attack comes a day after a United Nations report said that Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country’s increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the UN began keeping statistics.
The report said 2,563 civilians were killed and 5,676 were wounded in the first nine months of this year.