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27 Killed In Attack On Gathering Of Afghan Politicians In Kabul

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27 Killed In Attack On Gathering Of Afghan Politicians In Kabul

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TOLO News reports (source):

A ceremony on Friday marking the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, leader of the Hezb-e Wahdat party, where 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.

Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs, said that according to their initial information, 27 people were killed, and 29 others were wounded in today’s attack on the politicians’ gathering in Kabul.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai, the head of the High Peace Council Mohammad Karim Khalili, Second Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq and a number of other politicians attended the event that was held to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, leader of the Hezb-e Wahdat party.

The attack happened at 11:20 am, as Mohammad Karim Khalili was giving a speech.

Abdullah, Karzai, and Khalili were safe and have returned to their residence, said Mohaqiq who talked to TOLOnews shortly after the incident.

The gunmen attacked the area from a nearby under-construction building.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban in a tweet rejected any involvement in the attack.

The event was also attacked last year, and at least 11 people were killed.

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