News

At least 27 killed in attack on Afghan political rally

March 6, 2020 04:55 PM


Twitter Share Facebook Share WhatsApp Share

At least 27 people were killed in an attack on a political rally in Kabul Friday, officials said, in the first major assault in the city since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban.

Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said women and children were among the dead. 

Earlier the same day, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah escaped unhurt in an attack on a ceremony in Kabul.

 The ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, leader of the Hezb-e Wahdat party, which Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other politicians were attending, was attacked when the head of the High Peace Council, Mohammad Karim Khalili, was giving a speech.

 The gunmen opened indiscriminate firing on the participants whereas the security personnel present also responded.

 According to AFP, gunfire erupted at a political rally in western Kabul on Friday, an Afghan security official said, in what appeared to be the first attack to hit the capital since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban.

 "Afghan special forces and police forces have reached the site," said Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman.

 No group claimed immediate responsibility for the incident, which occurred at the commemoration ceremony for Abdul Ali Mazari -- a politician from the Hazara ethnic group, most of whom are Shia.



Most Read

  1. Hurray! Summer vacations for Punjab schools announced Hurray! Summer vacations for Punjab schools announced
  2. Resham issued notice for not paying vehicle's tax Resham issued notice for not paying vehicle's tax
  3. Punjab ministry, school education dept toy with summer vacations announcement Punjab ministry, school education dept toy with summer vacations announcement
  4. Iran President Raisi, foreign minister die in helicopter crash Iran President Raisi, foreign minister die in helicopter crash
  5. Aditi Rao Hydari details her viral 'Gaja Gamini' walk in 'Heeramandi' Aditi Rao Hydari details her viral 'Gaja Gamini' walk in 'Heeramandi'
  6. Ali Zafar’s romantic getaway with wife at Cannes mesmerize many Ali Zafar’s romantic getaway with wife at Cannes mesmerize many

Opinion

  1. New twist in PTI founder’s strategy towards Military Establishment
    New twist in PTI founder’s strategy towards Military Establishment

    By Salim Bokhari

  2. Revoke the heat stroke
    Revoke the heat stroke

    By Dr Asif Channer

  3. Defiance, sacrifice & national resilience
    Defiance, sacrifice & national resilience

    By Naveed Aman Khan

  4. Maryam Nawaz Sharif's Police Uniform: Breaking Gender Stereotypes, Not Minds
    Maryam Nawaz Sharif's Police Uniform: Breaking Gender Stereotypes, Not Minds

    By Alysha Khan

  5. Alice Munro, Canada's 'Chekhov'
    Alice Munro, Canada's 'Chekhov'

    By AFP

  6. Pak-Saudi-Iran economic proximity
    Pak-Saudi-Iran economic proximity

    By News Desk