At least 62 dead in blast at Afghanistan mosque

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By Ahmed Mengli  with NBC News World News
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A volunteer carries an injured youth to hospital following a blast in Afghanistan Friday.   -   Copyright  Noorullah Shirzada

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 62 people were killed Friday and dozens more injured in a blast at a mosque in eastern Afghanistan.

A local government spokesperson confirmed the death toll to NBC News. Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, said at least 33 people were wounded in the explosion.

The blast took place as dozens of people gathered inside the mosque for weekly Friday prayers.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially Nangarhar province.

On Thursday, a U.N. report said more than 2,500 civilians were killed and over 5,600 wounded in the first nine months of this year.