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AL JAZEERA (Qatar), BBC NEWS (UK)

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MAYMANA - A suicide bomb attack killed at least 41 people outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan.

The worshippers had gathered for prayers to mark Eid al-Adha, reports BBC News. This important Muslim holiday, also called the Feast of Sacrifice, celebrates the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates the trials of Prophet Abraham.

The terrorist blew himself up as people were leaving the crowded mosque in Maymana, capital of the Faryab province, writes Al Jazeera. Thirty people were injured.

According to the deputy provincial Governor, the attacker was wearing a police uniform, adds BBC News.

He said the provincial police chief was wounded, but it was not clear if he had been the target.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes on the first of the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday.

Northern Afghanistan is considered safer than the south and east, and Faryab province was considered to be relatively peaceful province.

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