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Taliban Official Says Death Toll Has Risen to 47 in Southern Afghanistan Mosque Bombing

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Taliban official says death toll has risen to 47 in southern Afghanistan mosque bombing.

An explosion struck a mosque in southern Afghanistan during the weekly Friday prayer service typically attended by large crowds of worshippers, a Taliban spokesman said. Bilal Karimi said the explosion targeted a mosque in the southern province of Kandahar, one week after a similar attack struck north of the country.

It was not immediately clear who perpetrated the attack. The mosque is frequented by the Shiite minority who are frequently targeted by the Islamic State group. Last week, IS claimed a suicide bombing inside a Shiite mosque in the northern province of Kunduz that killed 46 people.

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