Mil­i­tant at­tack on Shi­ite shrine in Afghan cap­i­tal kills 14

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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