Explosion kills 2, wounds 25 in eastern Afghan town (UPDATE)
(previous news was posted at 14:09)
An explosion claimed the lives of two persons and wounded over two dozen others in Jalalabad city the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, Interior Ministry said in statement released here, Xinhua reported.
"A bomb planted by the enemies of peace and security, went off in Eidgah mosque of Jalalabad city as a result two policemen were killed and 25 others including 16 police and nine civilians were injured," the statement added.
The enemies of peace and security are the term used by Afghan officials against Taliban militants.
However, Taliban insurgents fighting Afghan and NATO-led forces have yet to make comment.
Earlier, officials in Jalalabad confirmed that two blasts in a span of 30 minutes rocked Eidgah mosque, wounding several persons.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for provincial administration, told Xinhua that the first explosion happened at 11:00 a.m. local time.
An eye witness Bashari said that the twin blasts took place when some locals and religious scholars were in meeting in Eidgah mosque.