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Saudi to construct Islamic complex in Afghanistan

KABUL--Saudi Arabia will build a massive Islamic center complete with a university and a mosque in Afghanistan, an Afghan minister said Monday, describing the project as “grand and unique.”

Estimated to cost up to US$100 million, the center on a hilltop in central Kabul will house up to 5,000 students, Dayi-Ul Haq Abed, the acting Hajj and religious affairs minister told AFP. It will be named after Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the minister added.

The mosque will hold 15,000 worshippers at a time.

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