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Saudis to build major Islamic centre in Afghanistan

Published on Oct 29, 2012 7:57 PM
 
Afghan devotees pray during Eid al-Adha at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on Oct 26, 2012. Saudi Arabia will build a massive Islamic centre complete with a university and a mosque in Kabul, an Afghan minister said on Monday, describing the project as "grand and unique". -- PHOTO: AFP

KABUL (AFP) - Saudi Arabia will build a massive Islamic centre complete with a university and a mosque in Afghanistan, an Afghan minister said on Monday, describing the project as "grand and unique".

Estimated to cost up to US$100 million (S$122 million), the centre on a hilltop in central Kabul will house up to 5,000 students, Mr Dayi-Ul Haq Abed, the acting Hajj and religious affairs minister told AFP.

It will be named after Saudi King Abdullah, the minister added.

"The agreement was signed last week in Jeddah. The construction will start next year, in couple of months or so," Mr Abed said.

 
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