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Kabul: Several Explosions Struck Near Ceremony Attended by Top Officials

Kabul: Several Explosions Struck Near Ceremony Attended by Top Officials

Thursday, 7 March, 2019 - 12:15
Afghans treat an injured man in an ambulance, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 7, 2019. - AP
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Several explosions hit Thursday near a ceremony in Kabul, officials said.

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and former President Hamid Karzai attended the gathering, both of whom were unharmed, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Health Ministry official Mohaibullah Zaeer said an initial check of Kabul’s hospitals showed three people have been killed and 32 wounded, however he said the figures were not final.

Also, another official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said seven people were killed and at least 10 were wounded.

No one claimed responsibility for the explosions.

According to AP, Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the blasts were due to mortar shells being fired and that one person has been arrested. Rahimi declined to answer questions on casualties.

The ceremony was commemorating the 1995 death of prominent minority Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari, who was killed by the Taliban.

There were hundreds of people at the ceremony, said Azizullah Amini, who was in the audience at the commemoration.

Amini told AP he "heard at least four explosions and that the hall shook as if something was slamming into the ground outside the building".

The ceremony quickly ended following the explosions.

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