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District official among 8 killed in suicide bombing at mosque in Afghanistan

From Masoud Popalzai, CNN
updated 3:49 AM EDT, Fri August 30, 2013

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- At least eight people, including a district governor from Kunduz province, were killed and 12 others were wounded following a suicide bombing at a mosque in northeastern Afghanistan early Friday, a provincial official said.

The suicide bomber targeted a crowd of people who were attending prayers at a mosque in Dashte Archi district for a tribal elder who had died a day earlier, said Enayatullah Khaliq, a spokesman for the Kunduz governor.

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan increased 23% in the first six months of this year, the United Nations said in a report released at the end of July.

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