Deadly attacks strike mosques in Kabul and Ghor

At least 30 killed in suicide bombing at Kabul mosque

Major-General Alimast Momand, of the interior ministry, told the Associated Press news agency that the suicide bombing at the Imam Zaman Mosque in western Kabul's Dashti Barch area killed at least 30 people and wounded 45 more.

The attack takes this week's death toll from militant attacks to 200, and is the second major attack in Kabul in the past 24 hours.

A suicide bomber detonared explosives amid a group of army recruits in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least 15 people as insurgents ramp up their attacks on civilian and government targets.

Earlier this year, following an attack claimed by the Islamic State group on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the attacks show that "the terrorists have once again staged bloody attacks, but they will not achieve their evil purposes and sow discord among the Afghans".

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In a statement, Nauert strongly condemned the attacks, as well as the other attacks carried out across the country this week.

"In the face of these senseless and cowardly acts, our commitment to Afghanistan is unwavering", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

"We commend the government and security forces of Afghanistan for their response to these attacks, and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed", the spokesperson said.

A recent United Nations report said at least 84 people had been killed and 194 wounded so far in 2017 in attacks on Shi'ite mosques and religious ceremonies prior to the most recent incidents.

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