Death toll in attack on Afghan political gathering hits 11

8th March, 2019 10:45:10 printer

KABUL: The death toll in an attack on a political gathering in Kabul attended by many senior Afghan leaders has risen to 11 with another 95 wounded, the interior ministry said Friday, reports AFP.

Thursday’s attack in the Afghan capital, commemorating the death of a Shiite leader, was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Authorities had put the toll at three dead and 32 wounded late on Thursday.

“Unfortunately the attack led to 11 deaths including three women, and 95 others wounded,” Nasrat Rahimi, acting interior ministry spokesman, told AFP.

The majority of the casualties were civilians, he added.

Rahimi also blamed the Taliban for the attack, despite the IS claim. The Taliban has denied involvement.

Around a dozen mortar shells were fired on those attending the open-air rally marking 24 years since the death of Shiite leader Hazara Abdul Ali Mazari, a security source told AFP.

Fired from the roof of a nearby building, most of the shells are said to have fallen on surrounding houses.