Afghanistan mosque suicide bomb attack kills at least 41
A suicide bomber targeted worshippers who had gathered at a mosque in north Afghanistan for prayers to mark Eid al-Adha, killing at least 41 people.

More than 50 people were wounded in the attack, which happened as people were leaving the mosque in Maymana, capital of Faryab province.

Senior provincial government officials were attending the prayers, but appeared to escape serious injury.

The victims were mainly civilians and police officers.

"We had just finished Eid al-Adha prayers and we were congratulating and hugging each other," deputy provincial governor Abdul Satar Barez told the AFP news agency.

"Suddenly a big explosion took place and the area was full of dust and smoke and body parts of police and civilians were all over the place. It was a very powerful explosion."

He said the provincial police chief, Abdul Khaliq Aqsai was wounded, but it was not clear if he had been the target.
Posted by: tipper 2012-10-26