Militant attack on Shiite shrine in Afghan capital kills 14
At least 14 people were killed in a militant attack on a Shiite shrine in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, an official said.
Another 26 people were wounded in the attack on Sakhi Shrine in the city’s western suburbs, the largest such shrine in Kabul, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.
The dead included 13 civilians and one policeman, while three police officers were wounded, according to Sediqqi.
Contrary to earlier reports of three gunmen, Sediqqi said only one gunman was involved in the attack. He was shot dead by police.
The attack took place as Shiites gathered ahead of today’s Ashoura, a holy day of mourning that commemorates the death in 680 AD of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein.
Kabul police had warned Shiites against large gatherings as attacks were expected.