16 Shiite mourners killed in attack on Kabul shrine
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sixteen Shiite people have been killed and another 54 mourners observing Ashura gathering were wounded in the attack on the Cart-i-Sakhi shrine in the 3rd police district, the Interior Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.
Sediq Sediqqi told Pajhwok Afghan News all the assailants were killed. He did not put any figure on the number of the attackers, but a well-placed security source said four gunmen fired at the mourners.
The dead included 13 civilians and a police official, according to the spokesman, who said three police were among the injured.
President Ashraf Ghani condemned the assault as a crime against humanity, promising his administration would do all it could to provide security during Ashura.
In a statement from the Presidential Palace, Ghani urged all sects to stand firmly against the country's enemies. He called the attack signaled the enemies’ designs to disturb sectarian harmony in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health said at least 43 people injured in the incident had been evacuated to hospitals in Kabul.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which happened at 7.30pm.
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