Suicide Bomber Kills 32 in Afghan Mosque

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in northern Afghanistan says a suicide bomber has attacked a mosque, killing at least 32 worshippers and wounding 34 others.

Authorities say the bomber struck the mosque in Maymana, the capital of Faryab province, on Friday, the first day of the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suicide bombings are a favorite weapon of Taliban Islamists trying to topple the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says it is investigating the deaths of two American service members after a man wearing an Afghan National Police uniform used his weapon against them.

Military officials said Thursday's incident occurred in Uruzgan province. It is not clear if the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Security Forces.

The incident bears the hallmark of a so-called “insider attack,” in which Afghan security forces or insurgents disguised in Afghan or coalition uniforms open fire on NATO personnel. Such attacks have escalated this year, killing more than 50 coalition troops.