Virtually 30 individuals have been killed after unidentified gunmen opened hearth throughout a ceremony attended by prime politicians within the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Chief Govt Abdullah Abdullah escaped unhurt, however a minimum of 55 individuals have been injured, officers mentioned.
The Taliban – which signed a cope with the US final week aiming to deliver peace to Afghanistan – denied duty.
The identical occasion, commemorating the demise of an Afghan Shia chief, was attacked by Islamic State militants in 2019.
The photographs have been fired from a close-by constructing which is underneath development, based on police. The ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of ethnic Hazara chief Abdul Ali Mazari’s demise by the hands of the Taliban was being broadcast reside, and other people have been seen fleeing because the sound of gunfire rang out.
Wahidullah Mayar, well being ministry spokesman, informed information company Reuters that “27 our bodies” had been recovered. The quantity may rise, he added.
Particular forces rushed to the scene, the place combating is alleged to be persevering with.
This was the primary main assault on the capital for the reason that deal between the US and Taliban was agreed final Saturday.
Underneath the phrases of the settlement, the US and its Nato allies will withdraw their troops inside 14 months. In return, the Taliban will maintain talks with the Afghan authorities.
The militants additionally agreed to not enable al-Qaeda or another extremist group to function within the areas they management.
The US invaded Afghanistan weeks after the September 2001 assaults in New York by the Afghanistan-based al-Qaeda group.
Greater than 2,400 US troops have been killed throughout the battle. About 12,000 are nonetheless stationed within the nation. President Trump has promised to place an finish to the battle.