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8 dead in Kabul suicide bombing

More than 18 injured after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a gathering commemorating death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari

AT News Report-KABUL: At least nine people were killed and 18 others wounded, after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a gathering in west Kabul on Friday commemorating the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, former leader of Hezb-e-Wahdat, according to officials.

Ministry of Interior Deputy Spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a suicide bomber intended to target a crowd that gathered to commemorate the death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, but was interrupted by defense forces and blew him explosive-packed vest on the spot at 11:10 am before he could be shot down.

Seven people including a police officer were killed and 14 others wounded in the suicide bombing, he said. However, spokesman to health ministry Wahidullah Majroh has different narrative of the casualties. He said the number of the dead rose to nine and 18 wounded in the Kabul bombing.

Kabul is one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians. Since mid-January, militants have stormed a hotel, bombed a crowded commercial street, raided a military compound, and launched a suicide attack during morning rush hour, killing more than 130 people.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at an international conference in Kabul last week unveiled a plan to open talks with the Taliban. In return, Ghani said the militants should officially recognize the Afghan government and constitution.

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