US Condemns Twin Suicide Bombings in Afghanistan That Killed 63

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The United States is strongly condemning attacks by twin suicide bombers on two mosques in Afghanistan that killed at least 63 people.

A statement by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the U.S. condemns the “terrorist attacks in Kabul and Ghor, as well as the other attacks carried out across the country this week.”

“In the face of these senseless and cowardly acts, our commitment to Afghanistan is unwavering,” the statement said. “The United States stands with the government and people of Afghanistan and will continue to support their efforts to achieve peace and security for their country.”

In the attack in Kabul, a suicide bomber walked into the Imam Zaman Mosque, a Shiite mosque in the western Dashte-e-Barchi neighborhood where he detonated his explosives vest, killing 30 and wounding 45, said Maj. Gen. Alimast Momand at the Interior Ministry.

The suicide bombing in Ghor province struck a Sunni mosque, also during Friday prayers and killed 33 people, including a warlord who was apparently the target of the attack, said Mohammad Iqbal Nizami, the spokesman for the provincial chief of police.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for either attack.

SOURCE: Associated Press