Police in northern Afghanistan say an explosion rocked the Mawlavi Sikandar mosque north of Kunduz city on Friday.
Taliban Deputy Culture and Information Minister Zabihullah Mujahid said the bombing in the town of Imam Saheb killed at least 33 people and injured another 43. Many of the victims, he said, were students.
“The perpetrators of these incidents are … evil elements and serious efforts are being made to arrest and punish them,” Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on Twitter.
Eyewitnesses said the blast occurred as people gathered to pray, adding that, “There were a lot of casualties, around 30 to 40 people were injured and killed.” Thus far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The blast comes on the heels of three bomb attacks carried out across Afghanistan by the