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Explosion Heard in Kabul as Afghans Mark New Year

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 04:38 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials are reporting a large explosion on the road to a Shiite shrine in the capital, where people had gathered to mark the Persian new year.

Police spokesman Basir Mujahid says the number of casualties from Wednesday's blast are not yet known.

The Persian new year, known in Afghanistan as Nauruz, is a national holiday. The country's minority Shiites typically celebrate by visiting shrines.

Afghanistan is home to a powerful Islamic State affiliate that has repeatedly targeted Shiites, who the extremists view as apostates deserving of death.

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Afghan officials are reporting a large explosion on the road to a Shiite shrine in the capital, where people had gathered to mark the Persian new year.Police spokesman Basir Mujahid says the number of casualties from Wednesday's blast are not yet known.The Persian new year,...
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