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UPDATED: 15:02, June 01, 2005
More than 30 killed in bomb explosion in south Afghanistan: official
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A bomb explosion in a mosque killed more than 30 persons in Afghan southern province of Kandahar in a mourning ceremony for a killed Muslim leader Wednesday morning, official said.

"We confirmed the suicide bombing, and till now about 30 persons were killed and many injured," an official from Kandahar said.

The ceremony was held in a mosque at about 9 am (local time) Wednesday to show condolence for Monday's killing of Muslim leader Mawlavi Abdullah Fayaz in Kandahar.

About 100 persons were killed and injured in the explosion, and the police chief of Kabul attending the ceremony in Kandahar has also been killed in the explosion, when the suicide attacker exploded the bomb beside him, a local source told Xinhua.

The commander of Afghan National Army (ANA) Muslim Hamid confirmed the explosion, but said the number of casualties was not so high. "About 10 persons were killed and about 15 injured," he told Xinhua.

Nobody claimed the responsibility for the affair. The local officials blame nobody about this explosion, but confirmed the relationship between the explosion and the killing of the Muslim leader.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai Tuesday strongly criticized the killing of the Muslim leader, and on the same day 50 persons have been detained in Kandarhar on charge of involvement in the killing.

As the chairman of Islamic Scholar Council, Fayaz is famous for his strong attitude against Taliban for making speeches frequently about getting rid of Taliban from Afghanistan in that mosque.

More than 20 persons including Fayaz was injured in a bomb explosion targeting the mosque where he prayed two years ago.

Ousted from power in 2001, Taliban has raised another surge of attack against civilian and military targets as the weather gets warmer. More than 30 including militants, Afghan and US troops as well as aid workers have been killed in the troubled southern provinces over the past two weeks.

Source: Xinhua

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