Attack on Kabul Shia shrine in Kabul leaves 14 dead on Ashura day

Afghan Shiite Muslims use chains and blades during ritual self-flagellation as part of Ashura commemorations at a mosque in Kabul on October 9, 2016 ©Shah Marai (AFP/File)
Afghan Shiite Muslims use chains and blades during ritual self-flagellation as part of Ashura commemorations at a mosque in Kabul on October 9, 2016 ©Shah Marai (AFP/File)

At least 14 people have been killed in an attack on a shrine in Kabul, as Shia Muslims prepared for a religious day of mourning.

A crowd had gathered at the Karte Sakhi shrine in Afghanistan’s capital to mark Ashura, a commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Eyewitnesses reported an explosion and gunfire in the area.

The shrine at Karte Sakhi is one of Kabul’s largest.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior said the incident was over, with at least 14 people killed and 26 injured. One of the dead was a police officer, he said.

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