Afghanistan .. Killed and wounded more than 50 people in the bombing of an electoral center[/rtl]
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At least 17 people were killed and 34 wounded in a blast at a mosque used as a voter registration center in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost on Sunday, local officials said, the latest in a series of bombings targeting preparations for the long-delayed parliamentary elections.
Local police spokesman Bassir Pina said people gathered after the Asr prayer at the mosque, which is also used as a voter registration center in parliamentary elections due in October.
He said the blast appeared to have been caused by explosives placed in the mosque rather than by a suicide attack.
Habib Shah Ansari, head of the health department in Khost, said 17 people had been confirmed dead and 34 wounded. Khost is a mountainous region bordering Pakistan. No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, part of a series of attacks on voter registration centers since the registration began in April.
The Taliban had warned against participating in the electoral process but issued a statement denying any involvement in the attack.
Médecins Sans Frontières said it had provided emergency supplies to Khost province hospital, where many wounded had been taken.
About 60 people were killed in a suicide attack on a voter registration center in the capital Kabul last month that claimed responsibility for it and a series of smaller incidents that prevented many from going to registration centers.
The blast came on Sunday as fighting spread across Afghanistan and officials said they had regained control of a district in the northern province of Badakhshan after Taliban fighters seized it last week.
In a separate incident in the northern province of Faryab, a police spokesman said seven people were killed by a bomb in their car early Sunday morning.