The Commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission and the US Forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson says the operations will continue in pursuit of the destruction of the terrorists.

Gen. Nicholson made the remarks in a statement released after a deadly attack on a mosque in Gardez city, the provincial capital of Paktia province.

Gen. Nicholson said “The entire Resolute Support Mission offers our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those martyred and wounded today during the horrific attack at the Sahib-ul-Zaman Mosque in Gardez city.”

He said “The enemies of Afghanistan who martyr innocent Muslims in prayer can only be described as evil. We will continue to pursue these terrorists and destroy them.”

The provincial government officials say at least 29 people have been killed and 81 others have sustained injuries but a security source says at least 34 people have died and 94 others have sustained injuries in the attack.

However, the latest reports indicate at least 34 people have been killed and more than 90 others have sustained injuries in the attack carried out by two Burqa-clad suicide bombers.