3 killed, scores injured in Afghan mosque bombing

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Nicholas Haysom. Photo: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Three civilians have been killed and more than 70 injured by a bomb that went off inside an Afghan mosque during Friday prayers.

The UN envoy in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, condemned the attack, describing it as a "war crime", and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Matthew Wells has more.

The improvised explosive device was placed inside the Hisarak Jami Mosque in Rodat district, in Nangarhar province. 

It went off, killing a mullah, a man and a boy, as they prayed. 

Of the more than 70 injured by the blast, 31 are boys, with two listed as being in critical condition, said Mr Haysom, in a statement from the capital, Kabul. 

The envoy said that a deliberate attack targeting civilians in a place of worship could "never be justified" and it highlighted intent to "destroy lives and spread terror".

He added that international law prohibited such targeting, and imposed what he described as a "specific obligation" on combatants to allow religious personnel to carry out their work. 

He expressed the deep condolences of all those serving the UN in Afghanistan to the families of the victims. 

Matthew Wells, United Nations. 

Duration: 45"

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