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Gunmen Open Fire on Kabul Hotel Hosting Jamiat-e-Islami Summit, Eyewitness Says

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Afghan Ambulance - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.03.2021
KABUL (Sputnik), Rahimullah Khogyany - Gunmen opened fire on a hotel in the Afghan capital of Kabul, which hosted a summit of the Jamiat-e-Islami Muslim political party, an eyewitness told Sputnik on Thursday.

Some videos, posted on social media, suggested that gunfire could be heard near the gathering.

The hotel is located on Kabul Airport Road. Six people were injured in a clash that erupted after gunmen opened fire, a source close to the police told Sputnik 

Jamiat-E-Islami ("Islamic Society"), founded in 1972, is one of the oldest and most influential political parties in the country. At the moment, it holds 62 of the 249 seats in the Afghan parliament.

A series of incidents hit Afghanistan on Thursday, with a helicopter crash killing 9 special forces troops in Maidan Wardak, while an explosion in Jalalabad injured at least two people.

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