KABUL in eastern Nangarhar province.
Friday’s massive explosion in Haska Mina district left 62 worshippers dead and 33 others wounded, the governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told reporters.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the deadly attack and called for those responsible to be held accountable.
“The secretary-general extends his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured,” the UN chief’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement.
“He reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and Government of Afghanistan,” the statement added.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Ministry also condemned the attack as a criminal act and rejected all forms of violence and terrorism.
In a statement, the ministry expressed its sincere condolences and sympathies to families of the victims affected by the heinous act of terrorism.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office in Islamabad said Pakistan strongly condemned the bomb blasts inside the mosque.
“We share the grief of the bereaved families and offer our deepest sympathies and condolences over their loss in this mindless act of terrorism,” the FO spokesman said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones in this difficult time,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
He reiterated Pakistan condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stood in solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan.