Suicide attack kills 41 at Afghan mosque

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a mosque packed with senior regional officials in northern Afghanistan on a major Muslim holiday today, killing 41 people. The officials escaped unhurt, and many of the dead were soldiers and police.

The attack in the town of Maymana was the latest in a series of deadly strikes in recent weeks against Afghan army, police and government officials. The choice of targets suggests that the insurgents are increasingly turning against Afghan authorities and security forces now that NATO is drawing down toward a final withdrawal of foreign combat troops in 2014.

Health Minister Soraya Dalil said 41 people were killed and 56 wounded in today’s attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the suicide bombing outside the mosque.

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