Participants of Rally Attended by Afghan PM Come Under Mortar Attack - Reports

© AP Photo / Rahmat GulSecurity forces inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Taliban insurgents staged a coordinated attack targeting a security firm in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing people and wounding others.
Security forces inspect the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Taliban insurgents staged a coordinated attack targeting a security firm in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing people and wounding others. - Sputnik International
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A rally commemorating one of Afghanistan's Shiite minority leaders, Abdul Ali Mazari, at a stadium in Kabul, was disrupted when the crowd was bombarded with mortars during a speech given by Afghanistan's Prime Minister Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan television reported.

Afghanistan's former president Hamid Karzai, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, and former presidential adviser Hanif Atmar also took part in the rally.

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One person died and 17 were injured as a result of mortar shelling in Kabul, 1TV reported, citing data from the Ministry of Health.

One of Afghanistan's presidential candidate was injured as a result of an attack in Kabul, the TV channel 1TV reported.

An Afghan police man covers himself as smoke rises from the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 31, 2017 - Sputnik International
Explosion Rocks Area Near Government Compound in Kabul (PHOTO)
According to TOLOnews, at least ten mortar shells exploded during the attack. Multiple shootings were also heard near the gathering venue, the media added.

Daesh* terrorist group claimed responsibility for the mortar shelling in Kabul, according to 1TV channel.

"We have reports of explosions in the western part of Kabul. Investigations have been launched," said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman at the interior ministry.

Several thousand people had gathered at the stadium and the rally was broadcasted live; however, the broadcast was interrupted after the explosions.

In January, at least four people were killed and another 44 were wounded in a bomb explosion in the Green Village area of Kabul.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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