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10 killed in Afghan mosque shootout (Lead)

Friday - August 11, 2017 6:06 pm , Category : WORLD

Kabul Aug 11 (IANS) At least 10 persons were killed and 20 injured when two rival groups exchanged fire near a mosque in Afghanistan s Takhar province on Friday an official said.



The incident took place after Friday prayers when the worshippers were leaving the mosque in Chah Ab district a witness told Xinhua news agency.

"Shortly after praying two armed groups belonging to local warlords exchanged fire near the gate of the mosque leaving 10 persons dead and 20 injured " the witness said.

District administrative chief Abdul Haseeb blamed the irresponsible armed groups for the carnage in the remote district near the Tajikistan border.

--IANS
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