The Ministry of Interior said on Thursday that six people were killed and 23 others were wounded in three explosions near a Nawroz celebration ceremony in Kabul.
According to the ministry, the explosions happened in Kabul’s PD3 near Kart-e-Sakhi, where people had gathered to celebrate the first day of the new solar year.
Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said the explosives were placed at the area ahead of Nawroz.
“As a result of explosion of three mines that were placed in the area, six people including a woman were killed and 23 others who all are civilians have been wounded,” said Rahimi.
Lots of Kabul residents had gathered in the area to celebrate Nawroz, but the celebration later changed to mourning due to the back-to-back explosions.
The first two explosions happened near civilian houses in Kart-e-Sakhi, but the families living in the houses did not suffer fatalities.
“No one has suffered. The boys were taken preparations to go to the Nawroz ceremony. They had not left the house that the explosion happened and all the dust from the celling fallen on us,” Mariam, a resident of Kart-e-Sakhi said.
The third explosion happened near Ali Abad Hospital in the vicinity of Kart-e-Sahki in which three people were wounded.
Following the first two explosions, people quickly left Kart-e-Sakhi area and the roads at the area were closed by security forces.
The wounded people were transferred to Ali Abad Hospital. Most of the wounded were children and old men.
“I was going to Sakhi shrine that the explosion happened. I sustained injuries in my leg and I was transferred to the hospital. I urge President Ashraf Ghani not to let the Taliban to do such thing with us,” Parwiz, a Kabul resident said.