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7 dead as suicide bomber strikes motorcade of Massoud supporters

KABUL: A suicide bomber hit a convoy of Ahmad Shah Massoud supporters on Sunday afternoon in Kabul, killing at least seven people and injuring 25 others, officials said.

The bomber rolling an explosive-laden motorcycle rammed into a motorcade of the rifle-wielding supporters who had been rallying across Kabul in commemoration of the late national hero, Kabul police chief spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said.

The caravan of euphoric supporters riding flag-decorated vehicles and motorcycles was struck in vicinity of Taimani locality while driving through the area.

The bombing came after a foiled suicide attack near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The bomber was identified by national security operatives and gunned down before he could blow up his explosive-packed vest among another group of Massoud supporters.

Hundreds of people drove in convoys through streets of Kabul, firing sporadically into the air, to commemorate the 17th death anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated by two al-Qaeda suicide bombers posing as journalists in Takhar province in 2001.

As the cheerful gunfire rang out throughout the day, streets were deserted, shops closed and Kabul inhabitant avoided to go out and stayed indoors.

The shootings had the police react by arresting more than hundred people. Kabul police seized 10 weapons and confiscated 25 vehicles for shooting in the air and causing nuisance. (Zaman.af)

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