Kabul shrine attack kills 14 during Ashura preparation
Online Desk: At least 14 people were killed in an attack on a shrine in the Afghan capital, Kabul as Shia Muslims prepared for a religious day of mourning.
A crowd had gathered at the Karte Sakhi shrine for Ashura, a commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Afghan troops have been deployed to drive Taliban fighters from the capital of Helmand province, Lashkar Gah, in the south.
Militants have been pushed back to the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, a strategically important city, local officials told the BBC.
Lashkar Gah is reportedly in lock down with only a few shops open and many families trying to flee the fighting.
Schools and universities across Helmand have been closed for indefinite time.
The new assault is the Taliban’s most concerted push yet into the city.
The attack in Kabul took place in one of the city’s largest shrines.
One of the dead was a police officer, a spokesperson for the ministry of the interior said.
Sediq Sediqqi said police special forces who responded to the scene found and killed only one gunman. Initial reports said that three attackers were involved.