Virtually 30 folks have been killed after unidentified gunmen opened hearth throughout a ceremony attended by high politicians within the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Chief Government Abdullah Abdullah escaped unhurt, however at the least 55 folks had been injured, officers stated.
The Taliban – which signed a cope with the US final week aiming to carry peace to Afghanistan – denied accountability.
The identical occasion, commemorating the dying of an Afghan Shia chief, was attacked by Islamic State militants in 2019.
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The pictures had been fired from a close-by constructing which is below building, in line with police. The ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of ethnic Hazara chief Abdul Ali Mazari’s dying by the hands of the Taliban was being broadcast dwell, and folks had been seen fleeing because the sound of gunfire rang out.
Wahidullah Mayar, well being ministry spokesman, advised information company Reuters that “27 our bodies” had been recovered. The quantity may rise, he added.
Particular forces rushed to the scene, the place combating is claimed to be persevering with.
This was the primary main assault on the capital because the deal between the US and Taliban was agreed final Saturday.
Underneath the phrases of the settlement, the US and its Nato allies will withdraw their troops inside 14 months. In return, the Taliban will maintain talks with the Afghan authorities.
The militants additionally agreed to not enable al-Qaeda or some other extremist group to function within the areas they management.
The US invaded Afghanistan weeks after the September 2001 assaults in New York by the Afghanistan-based al-Qaeda group.
Greater than 2,400 US troops have been killed through the battle. About 12,000 are nonetheless stationed within the nation. President Trump has promised to place an finish to the battle.
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