An armed attack occurred today at a memorial event with several high-ranking Afghan politicians in the west of the capital Kabul. According to the Interior Ministry, more than a dozen injured were brought to nearby hospitals. Nothing is known of fatalities. All high-ranking politicians should be safe.
Government director Abdullah Abdullah also attended the ceremony to commemorate a late political leader in the morning, according to his spokesman. „The target of the attack was not clear, but Dr. Abdullah is now in a safe place, ”said the spokesman. Shots and explosions were heard during an opening speech.
Special forces made their way to the scene, said Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of the Interior. The event was attacked from a higher building. A Taliban spokesman on Twitter immediately denied responsibility for the attack.
Taliban attacks despite agreement with the United States
The US and the radical Islamic Taliban signed an agreement last weekend to pave the way for lasting peace in Afghanistan and for the withdrawal of US troops from the country. However, there have been dozens of Taliban attacks since then. The first talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are scheduled to begin on Tuesday.