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An Afghan official says at least 30 people were "killed and wounded" in a bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Khost province that was being used as a voter registration center.

Meanwhile, an Afghan official says that the dead toll for the bombing at a mosque in the eastern Khost province that was being used as a voter registration center has risen to 14 people killed, including a woman.

The blast was caused by a bomb placed in the mosque, rather than by a suicide bomber, Khost's Chief of Police Basir Bina told CNN. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction so far.

The armed men abducted six Indians and one Afghan employee of Indian company KEC in Bagh-e-Shamal village of the provincial capital Pul-e-Khomre, TOLOnews reported, citing local officials. While the main cause of civilian deaths was said to be bombings by militants, the report said USA airstrikes as well as government forces had also caused casualties.

There are concerns that the stickers could put voters in restive districts at risk of being targeted by Taliban or Islamic State militants who have signalled they intend to disrupt the elections.

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Afghanistan plans to hold elections in October, the first since 2014.

The Taliban and it is have found a constant tide of attacks since the onset of year, murdering scores of civilians from the capital, Kabul, and also elsewhere.

On April 22 a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration centre in Kabul, killing 60 people and wounding more than 100. "We are in contact with the Afghan authorities and further details are being ascertained", MEA official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it has the hallmark of Taliban, who have been leading a campaign of death and destruction across the crisis-hit country for the past 17 years.


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