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Oman strongly condemns attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan

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The Sultanate has strongly condemned the armed attack on a military security patrol in the Egyptian oases and the terrorist bombings on holy places in Afghanistan.


At least 16 policemen, including 14 officers were killed and six others injured during clashes with terrorists in Egypt's Giza city, officials said.  The policemen were killed in exchange of fire with the terrorists in el-Wahat desert in Giza on Saturday, they said.


The police forces received information about a number of terrorists hiding in the desert area. Clashes erupted when they tried to arrest them and they exchanged fire.


The Ministry of Interior said in a statement late yesterday that a number of policemen were killed and injured, and some terrorists also died in the ensuing crossfire.


However, it did not clarify on the number of casualties on both sides.


Some 60 people have been killed in two separate attacks on mosques in Afghanistan, officials say. A gunman entered a mosque in Kabul before opening fire and detonating an explosive, killing at least 39 worshippers.


An attack on a Sunni Muslim mosque in Ghor province killed 20 people.


So-called Islamic State (IS) said it carried out the attack on Kabul's Imam Zaman mosque, but provided no evidence for the claim.


The group has previously targeted Shia mosques across Afghanistan.


The new attacks bring to at least 176 the number of people killed in bomb attacks across the country this week.


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