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Two suicide bombers dressed as women struck a Shiite mosque in Gardez, capital of Paktia province, Friday as it was crowded with worshippers for weekly prayers.
Darren Osborne, 48, is accused of driving into a crowd of worshippers attending Ramadan prayers in June. A 51-year-old man, Makram Ali, was killed and nine people were injured in the attack.
The suspected Boko Haram jihadist blew himself up amid worshippers inside the mosque in Gamboru around 5:00 am, shortly before morning prayers.
Mattis' visit came just over a week after the worst-ever Islamic militant attack in Egypt's in the troubled northern Sinai where over 300 worshippers were killed.
Witnesses spoke of horrific scenes during the approximately 20 minutes it took the militants to kill and maim worshippers.
Armed attackers today killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai province.
The worshippers were killed when heavily-armed militants bombed the mosque and opened fire on people attending prayers at the al-Rowda mosque in Al-Arish city, in the deadliest terror attack in Egypt.