At least 50 casualties in mosque blast in Afghanistan

Afghan envoy hints at Pakistan's role in Kabul attack that killed 10 journalists, 16 others

In what was billed as a case of mistaken identity by the local media, seven Indian engineers and an Afghan national were kidnapped by Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan Province on Sunday.

"Attacks on voter registration centres, on election officials and election workers [show] clearly opponents of the government are trying to derail these long-awaited elections", said Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul.

The External Affairs Ministry said in New Delhi it is in touch with authorities in Afghanistan and is ascertaining the details of the incident. He says he doesn't know what happened next.

According to Mujahid, nine Afghan soldiers and one Taliban fighter were killed. In the past, the insurgents have cut power lines in the region, which are used to import electricity from central Asian countries to the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Officials say the explosion occurred in the eastern province of Khost on Sunday.

Habib Shah Ansari, head of the health department in Khost, a mountainous region on the border with Pakistan, said 17 were confirmed dead from the blast with 34 injured.

A blast at a voter registration centre in Afghanistan's restive east yesterday killed or wounded at least 30 people, officials said. Abdullah Hsart, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the attack late Saturday targeted Hazart Mohammad Rodwal, a district chief, who was among the wounded.

Provincial police spokesman Zabiullah Shuja said the Indian engineers of KEC International, an RPG group company, were working on a project for the construction of a power sub-station.

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