Afghanistan: Taliban bombs mosque during Friday prayers killing 62 worshippers

At least 62 people were killed in a blast during the ¬†Friday prayers at a mosque in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. The explosion also left at least 36 people wounded.

The blast took place Haska Mina district in the Nangarhar that is near the border with Pakistan.

The Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have increased over the recent months, ahead of the Presidential elections and the peace talks. The United Nations in a report said violence against civilians in Afghanistan has reached “extreme levels” in the third quarter of 2019.

The UN said that it documented 1,174 civilian deaths in the three months to the end of September, the highest number of civilian casualties that it has recorded in a single quarter since it began gathering the data in 2009.

The elections that concluded last month saw low turnout amid threats by the Taliban that it would target polling stations.

Following the poll, the Taliban issued a statement thanking Afghans who did not vote. The group said the low turnout was proof that most of the nation wants to see a “strong Islamic government.”

Results of the election are expected in the coming days, with a possible second round scheduled for November 23.