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Six killed in attack on Nowruz celebration in Kabul

People were gathering for the Persian new year festival

A general view of green zone in Kabul, Afghanistan March 13, 2019. Picture taken March 13, 2019. Reuters 
A general view of green zone in Kabul, Afghanistan March 13, 2019. Picture taken March 13, 2019. Reuters 

Explosions rocked Nowruz new year’s celebrations in Kabul on Thursday leaving six dead and 23 wounded.

The attacks came as people gathered for the ancient Persian festival to mark the start of spring that is widely celebrated across Afghanistan. While popular, it has faced opposition from hardliners who say it is un-Islamic.

The cause of the blasts near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine in the largely Shiite Muslim area of west Kabul are not yet clear.

An interior ministry spokesman said mortar bombs had been fired. The defence ministry said in a post on Twitter that three rockets were fired at civilian homes and Nowruz gatherings.

The defence ministry said police had arrested the attacker and secured the area.

Updated: March 21, 2019 11:15 AM

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