Kabul, 06 March 2020 – Staff Reporter:
Gunmen attacked a ceremony in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday where a top Afghan political leader, Abdullah Abdullah, was present but escaped unharmed.
Twenty-seven people died and at least 29 were wounded at the event, according to Afghan officials, the first big attack on the capital since a troop withdrawal agreement was signed last week in Doha between the United States and the Afghan Taliban.
The Taliban said in a statement they were not involved in the attack.
“The attack started with a boom, apparently a rocket landed in the area, Abdullah and some other politicians escaped the attack unhurt,” Abdullah’s spokesman, Fraidoon Kwazoon said.
The gathering marked the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, an ethnic Hazara leader who was killed in 1995 after being taken prisoner by the Taliban.
A senior Western security official said all checkpoints in Kabul were on high alert.
“It’s too early to say but for now we are intensifying security,” the official said.