Situation in Afghanistan

At least 8 people killed and 18 injured in a blast in Kabul during a Shiite community mourning ceremony

by AA via Daily Sabah

At least eight people were killed and 18 others were injured in an explosion during a Shiite community mourning gathering in Kabul on Friday afternoon.

A bomb hidden in a cart went off on Friday near a mosque in a minority Shiite neighborhood of the capital, a Taliban official said.

Also Friday, hundreds of Afghans – apparently organized by the Taliban – rallied in several provinces, denouncing the U.S. drone strike last Sunday that killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri on the balcony of a Kabul safe house.

According to Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesperson for the Kabul police chief, the cart bombing happened in western Kabul, in the Sar-e Karez area. Initial reports said two people were killed but the casualty toll swiftly rose as the wounded were taken to local hospitals.

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