7 Civilians Killed in Afghan Mosque Blast

Posted January 13th, 2013 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Afghan officials say a bomb blast has killed seven civilians who were in a mosque retrieving the bodies of four Taliban insurgents killed by joint NATO and Afghan forces in a night raid.

Authorities in Wardak province say the civilians were killed Sunday morning in the rubble of a village mosque, following the raid.

A provincial spokesman said the insurgents were wearing suicide vests, but it was not immediately clear what caused the explosion that killed the civilians.

Night raids and civilian casualties have been major sources of friction between Kabul and its Western backers, and have led to large protests and considerable violence.