Afghanistan: Worshippers marking Ashoura shot dead in Kabul

    Afghanistan: Worshippers marking Ashoura shot dead in Kabul

    Oct.12, Kabul: Shia pilgrims were targeted in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday with at least 14 people killed as they gathered to mark Ashoura, one of the most important days on the Shia-Muslim calendar.

    One attacker was killed after attempting to enter the shrine with a vest loaded with explosives, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

    A senior police officer, who spoke to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity, said the suicide attacker - dressed in a police uniform - entered the Karte Sakhi shrine near Kabul University in the west of the city.

    A witness said the assailant shot dead a policeman guarding the entrance with a pistol before taking his AK-47 assault rifle and "firing randomly at worshippers".

    The interior ministry had previously said two attackers had been killed and at least one more assailant remained on the loose.

    "At least 14 people were killed, including one policeman, and more than 30 were injured," Al Jazeera's Qais Azimy said, reporting from Kabul.

    "Security forces in the area were already on high alert. They had warned the Shia community earlier to avoid gathering in public places because they apparently had intelligence that an attack might happen."

    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the assault.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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