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Afghanistan: Explosions heard at political gathering in Kabul

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Abdullah Abdullah
Hamid Karzai
Haneef Atmar
Yunus Qanuni
Salahuddin Rabbani
Mohammad Mohaqiq
Abdul Ali Mazari
Charlotte Bellis

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Summary, a senior interior ministry official said the attackers could have targeted a large gathering of Shia Muslims attending a commemoration on the anniversary of a leader's death at Musala-e-Mazari compoundHundreds of people were attending the Kabul meeting to mark the 24th anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, leader of the Hezb-e-Wahdat party.Mazari was killed by the Taliban after he was taken prisoner by them in 1995.Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis said military vehicles were heading to the site."There was intelligence last night that this [gathering] may be attacked as there are many high-value targets," she said, reporting from Kabul.The country's chief executive Abdullah Abdullah and former president were both in attendance and unharmed, AFP news agency reported.Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani - who was at the scene - later tweeted "terrorists launched rocket attacks on commemoration ceremony," and said he escaped safely."The ministry of interior told us they have arrested one person they believe to have fired one rocket and that special forces have surrounded a house nearby to where this gathering took place where they believe the rockets were sent from," Bellis said.Speaking to local news agency Tolo, a witness said security forces were attempting to evacuate the attendees, and that the area had already been cordoned off."The people I saw who were evacuated were those inside their own homes, which had smoke and fire coming out of them," the unnamed witness said. "People were trying to get to any means of transport available in order to evacuate the wounded quickly to the hospital," he added.

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