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Afghan Military Strike Kills at Least 70 at Mosque

02 Apr 2018 The New York Times

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A man wounded by a military strike at a mosque in Kunduz, Afghanistan, received treatment at a hospital on Monday.

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KABUL, Afghanistan β€” Afghan military helicopters bombed a religious gathering in the northern province of Kunduz on Monday, killing at least 70 people and wounding 30 others, according to a local official in the area.The official, Nasruddin Saadi, district governor of Dasht-e-Archi, said that the helicopters attacked a religious ceremony for which about 1,000 people had assembled in a mosque and surrounding fields around noon.Witnesses reached by telephone said that the mosque was also a madrasa, or religious school, and that members of the Taliban had been present at the assembly, which had been organized to recognize graduates, appoint mullahs and elevate junior mullahs.Mr. Saadi also said that the event was religious in nature and that the security forces had decided to attack because armed militants were attendance.

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However, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry denied that the gathering had been for religious purposes. β€œThe Taliban and other insurgent groups were planning to attack Afghan forces, but their plan was discovered by our forces,” he said. Continue reading the main story

Original Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/world/asia/afghanistan-taliban-kunduz.html

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