Nusrat Rahimi says initial findings show that Taliban has plotted the attack on Kabul gathering.
Death Toll Rises To 11 In Attack On Afghan Politicians Gathering
The death toll rises to 11 in the attack on a gathering of Afghan politicians and hundreds of their supporters in the west of Kabul on Thursday, the Ministry of Interior confirmed on Friday.
The ceremony, which was held to mark the 24th death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, the leader of the Hizb-e-Wadhat Party, was targeted by mortar attacks, gunfire and explosions.
Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for Ministry of Interior Affairs, told TOLOnews that three women were among those who lost their lives in the attack.
He said 95 others, including 12 women, were wounded in the attack.
Rahimi said that their initial investigations show that the attack was carried out by the Taliban. However, Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Rahimi said that one suspect has been arrested in connection to the incident.
The attack on the gathering at Musala-e-Mazari compound in Kabul’s PD13 took place at around 12pm Kabul time when Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was giving his speech at the ceremony.
Abdul Latif Pedram, head of the National Congress Party of Afghanistan and a presidential candidate, was also wounded in the attack.
Officials said children are also among those who sustained injuries in the attack.
Some of the political figures, who were at the ceremony, called on government to respond on the incident and questioned how the attackers managed to infiltrate the area and disrupted the crowd.
The attack was widely condemned by Afghan politicians, the Afghan government and foreign embassies in Kabul.
President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and called it an act of terror and a move by the enemies of Afghanistan to disrupt unity among Afghans.
Former President Hamid Karzai also condemned the attack and called it an act of foreign elements who oppose peace and unity in Afghanistan.
“The United States strongly condemns the attack at a gathering commemorating the life of Afghan leader Abdul Ali Mazari in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of Kabul today,” the US Embassy in Kabul said in a statement.
“We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. This shameless act of terrorism reveals the cowardice and cruelty of those who perpetuate violence in Afghanistan,” the statement said.