National Unity Government (NUG) leaders President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have condemned Tuesday night’s attack on the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul which killed and wounded at least 50 people.
Ghani said the attack was an inhumane act and a war crime and said this action is “in clear enmity of the unity of adherents of religious groups of Islam.”
Ghani also expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims.
“Government will use the full potential to provide security for Ashura ceremonies,” Ghani said.
Ghani also asked both Sunni and Shia scholars to recognize conspiracies by the enemies and, with unity and solidarity, stand firmly against the enemy of the people.
At the same time Abdullah also condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to the victims.
“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack that targeted our innocent people mourning Ashura earlier this evening in Kabul,” Abdullah said via Twitter on Tuesday night.
Initial reports stated at least three gunmen entered the famous Sakhi Shrine and opened fire on worshipers gathered for an Ashura ceremony in Kart-e-Sakhi area.
But Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahman told TOLOnews that there had been only one gunman and after two hours of clashes with security forces the attacker was gunned down.
According to Rahman the attacker had been wearing a police uniform and he had hidden grenades in bread. He also reportedly entered the shrine through the women’s entrance gate.
Rahman said that security forces had spotted him but the attacker opened fire on them and killed one policeman and wounded another and an NDS officer.
Among the victims one police officer was killed and 13 policemen were wounded.
There is however differing stories on the number of casualties.
While Afghan health ministry said that 14 people were killed and 26 wounded, security officials said that 36 people had been killed and more than 50 wounded.
Security officials also said the police chief of PD3 and two other policemen were killed in the attack.
Samya Mohammadi, a provincial council member from Daikundi province, was also reportedly killed in the attack.
So far no insurgent group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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