(CNN) – An explosion at a mosque during Friday prayers in eastern Afghanistan left at least 14 people dead and 25 others wounded, police said.
Security forces immediately raided the mosque in Ghazni province, they said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a number of fighters belonging to the group were killed during the assault, which also damaged several buildings. The group is known to carry out attacks during Friday prayers.
A Taliban suicide attack earlier this month in Ghazni killed at least 21 people, including four children. The bombing targeting the provincial governor’s office triggered a blast that ripped through a pharmacy and a coffee shop. At least 41 people were wounded in the blast.
Ghani: No part of Afghanistan ‘controlled by IS or Taliban’
President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack at the mosque in an e-mailed statement Friday, calling it a “heinous terrorist attack in which many people died and were injured.”
Ghani said the Ghazni attack “failed to achieve the aim” of the attackers, as it did not breach the airport, dam or infrastructure in the city.
“Those who attacked Ghazni never harmed those in the area. They put up a futile battle in the city which exposed them to attack,” Ghani said.
“As you know, Ghazni city is not 100% controlled by IS or Taliban,” he added. “They have a limited foothold and are not in charge of any city in the country.”
The Taliban, which has staged frequent attacks in Afghanistan’s restive south and east, claimed responsibility for that attack in Ghazni.
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