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Gunmen attack Kabul worshipers, 14 killed

Iran Press TV

Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:18PM

Gunmen have attacked worshipers at a shrine in the Afghan capital Kabul, opening fire on the people who were commemorating the ninth day of the month of Muharram.

According to a report by Afghanistan Ministry of Interior's spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi, thirteen civilians and one police officer were killed in the attack, while 36 other were wounded.

Ministry of Public Health officials, however, noted that at least 43 people had been injured in the incident and taken to hospitals in the city for treatment.

The assailants began the attack just before 20:00 local time (1530 GMT). The assault was carried out at Karte Sakhi shrine, located in the west of the capital near Kabul University.

Witnesses said an explosion had been heard before gunfire erupted.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, "Three attackers opened fire, two were killed." The third attacker is still on the loose.

This is not the first time Shia Muslims in Afghanistan have come under attack.

On July 23, over 80 people were killed and 130 injured in an attack in the capital claimed by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.

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