3 killed as Afghan blasts target event

At least two blasts struck a large ceremony on Thursday attended by Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other leading government officials, killing three people and injuring 22 others.

The Kabul attack represents a major security breach and marks a resumption of violence in the capital after weeks of calm amid ongoing peace talks between the U.S. and Taliban in Doha.

The blasts happened during a ceremony marking the 24th anniversary of the death of Shia Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari that was attended by many of the country’s political elite, including Mr. Abdullah and former President Hamid Karzai. “Today around 12 noon … mortars were fired on the gathering of Abdul Ali Mazari,” Nasrat Rahimi, acting Interior Ministry spokesman, said in a statement.


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