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Afghan Parliamentary Candidate In Coma After Bomb Attack

A bomb exploded inside a mosque in eastern Afghanistan, seriously injuring a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections and at least 16 other people.

The candidate, Mawlvi Saydullah, was making a speech at the mosque in the Mando Zayi district of Khost Province -- about 15 kilometers west of the provincial capital -- when the explosion occurred.

He reportedly was in a coma after the attack.

Mubariz Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said Saydullah was the target of the attack.

Saydullah was running for a seat in the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the Afghan parliament, in elections scheduled for September.

RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal, with agency reports