Explosions in Afghan capital Kabul kill six during new year festival

The defense ministry said police had arrested the attacker and secured the area


Reuters March 21, 2019
The defense ministry said police had arrested the attacker and secured the area. PHOTO: FILE

KABUL: Multiple explosions in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday killed six people and wounded 23 in an attack during celebrations to mark the Persian new year, government spokesperson said.

The attacks came on Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival to mark the start of spring that is widely celebrated in many parts of Afghanistan but has also faced opposition from some hardline militants, who say it is un-Islamic.

There were conflicting reports about of the cause of the blasts near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine,  in the west of Kabul.

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An interior ministry spokesperson said mortar bombs had been fired. The defense ministry said in a post on twitter that three rockets were fired at civilian homes and Nowruz gatherings.

The defense ministry said police had arrested the attacker and secured the area.

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