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Oct 26, 2012 6:29 AM by Associated Press

Officials: suicide bomber kills 35 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Government and hospital officials say a Muslim holiday has turned deadly outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan where a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded at least 70.

Authorities say the attack came as people were gathering at the mosque to celebrate the Eid al-Adha (eed al-AHD'-hah) and top provincial officials were there, including the governor and the police chief, who were inside the building. The bomber set off his explosives outside and the officials were not hurt, but the casualties included police officers and soldiers.

It appeared to be the deadliest suicide attack in recent months.

The attack today came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a holiday message, urged Taliban insurgents "to stop killing other Afghans."

The United Nations says that Taliban attacks account for the vast majority of civilian casualties in the 11-year war.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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