Abdullah escapes unhurt in Kabul attack

By: News Desk      Published: 12:48 PM, 6 Mar, 2020
Abdullah escapes unhurt in Kabul attack

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah escaped unhurt in an attack on a ceremony in Kabul on Friday.

The ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, leader of the Hezb-e Wahdat party, which 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.

The gunmen opened indiscriminate firing on the participants whereas the security personnel present also responded.

According to AFP, gunfire erupted at a political rally in western Kabul on Friday, an Afghan security official said, in what appeared to be the first attack to hit the capital since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban.

"Afghan special forces and police forces have reached the site," said Nasrat Rahimi, an interior ministry spokesman.

No group claimed immediate responsibility for the incident, which occurred at the commemoration ceremony for Abdul Ali Mazari -- a politician from the Hazara ethnic group, most of whom are Shia.