Last updated on March 6, 2020
Gunmen attacked a service at the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday by which a leading Afghan political leader, Abdullah Abdullah, was current but escaped unharmed.
Two were killed and 18 injured in the case, according to Afghan officials, the first major attack on the capital because a troop withdrawal agreement has been signed in Doha between the USA and the Taliban Islamist militant group.
The Taliban stated in a statement that they weren’t involved in the assault.
“The assault began with a boom, seemingly a rocket landed in the region, Abdullah and various other historians… escaped the attack unhurt,” Abdullah’s spokesman, Fraidoon Kwazoon, that was present, told Reuters by phone.
The gathering marked the anniversary of the passing of Abdul Ali Mazari, an ethnic Hazara leader who had been murdered in 1995 after being taken captive by the Taliban.
Abdullah, the runner-up in the previous three Afghan presidential elections, every one of which he contested, has served as chief executive of a coalition government as 2014 and is also a former foreign minister.
He added he’d phoned Abdullah, his longtime political competition. Abdullah is contesting an Electoral Commission statement last month announcing Ghani the winner of September’s presidential election.
Several individuals were killed in a similar attack to precisely the identical commemoration this past year. Islamic Condition militants claimed responsibility for this attack.
Hazaras are largely Shi’ite Muslims. Minority Shi’ites have been attacked by Sunni Muslim militant groups in Afghanistan.
The USA has been attempting to spearhead efforts towards an enduring peace arrangement. Violence diminished during a hold-down arrangement with the Taliban leading up to last Saturday’s deal, although the Taliban has since resumed strikes on Afghan forces.
“It is too premature to say but for today we’re intensifying safety,” the official stated.