Death toll rises to 29 in mosque attack in Afghanistan

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The death toll in Tuesday's attack on a mosque in western Afghanistan's Herat province has risen to 29 as more people succumbed to critical injuries.
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n this photograph taken late on August 1, 2017, Afghan men carry a wounded victim on a stretcher at a hospital following a suicide attack on a mosque in Herat. 

The death toll in Tuesday's attack on a mosque in western Afghanistan's Herat province has risen to 29 as more people succumbed to critical injuries, an official said Wednesday.

One of two armed assailants shot dead some non-military individuals near Jawadia Mosque, paving the way for another to enter the mosque, where they blew up their explosives-packed vests, spokesman for provincial police chief Jailani Farhad told Xinhua.

A group of people were gathering for a religious program at the mosque at the time of the attack. The attack has left at least 29 worshipers dead and 64 others wounded. Children's dead bodies were seen among the victims, he said.

The presidential palace has condemned the attack "in the strongest possible term", calling it as "against Islamic teachings and Muslims."

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