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KSA condemns terror attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan

In this December 9, 2016 file photo, Egyptian emergency services carry a wounded victim at the site of a bomb attack next to a police checkpoint in Talibiya district of Cairo. On Friday, at least 35 soldiers and policemen were killed in another terror attack in Egypt. (AFP file photo)
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Friday condemned in the strongest terms the deadly terror attacks in Egypt's Giza province and in Afghanistan and assured that it stood in solidarity with them in their fight against terrorism and extremism.
A source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and to the governments and people of the two countries, the Saudi Press Agency said.
Egyptian security and medical sources on Friday said that at least 35 troops and police officers were killed in clashes with Islamist fighters in the Bahariya oasis in the country’s Western Desert on Friday.
A report by the Agence France Presse said the attack was confirmed by the Interior Ministry and that some of the “terrorist” attackers had died.
In Afghanistan, at least 63 people were confirmed killed in two separate suicide bomb attacks targetting two mosques during Friday prayers.
In the first attack, about 30 people were killed when a bomb hit a Shiite mosque in Kabul that was packed with people during Friday prayers.
The second blast, targetting a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killed 33 people also during Friday prayers.
Among those killed was a warlord who was apparently the target of the attack, an Associated Press report quoted local official Mohammad Iqbal Nizami as saying.

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