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    Shots were fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari.

    At least 29 people have been killed and more than 60 injured in the deadly attack in Kabul targeting the ceremony attended by former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Tolo News reported.

     

    Earlier, a ceremony in Kabul, with Abdullah Abdullah in attendance, was attacked, a Sputnik correspondent reported Friday, but the former chief executive of Afghanistan was unharmed in the firing. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident.

    "Abdullah Abdullah wasn't harmed and he is in a safe place", his spokesman Mujiburahman Rahimi said.

    According to unconfirmed witness reports, Chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council Karim Khalili was killed in the attack, but his relatives have not confirmed this. 

    • Shots fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari
      Shots fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari
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    • Shots fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari
      Shots fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari
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    • Shots fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari
      Shots fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari
      © Sputnik /
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      Shots fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari
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    Shots fired at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the death of former Afghan political leader Abdul Ali Mazari

     

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has slammed the attack as a “crime against humanity”, his spokesman said as quoted by Reuters.

    Daesh* has claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, Reuters reported, citing the group's news agency.

    The United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in Qatar last week. Part of the agreement sets the beginning of intra-Afghan talks for 10 March, on the condition that up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners are released by that time.

    However, the release of prisoners has become a sticking point that could jeopardise the entire agreement.

    *Daesh (also known as IS/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and other countries.

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