Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah, other leaders escape gun attack that kills 27 in Kabul

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah, other leaders escape gun attack that kills 27
Kabul: At least 27 people were killed and 29 others injured in an attack on a ceremony in Kabul which was being attended by the key political leaders of Afghanistan on Friday.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, former president Hamid Karzai, the head of the High Peace Council Mohammad Karim Khalili, Second Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq and other leader were present on the occasion marking the death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari, leader of the Hezb-e Wahdat party.

The attack was carried out by some gunmen when Khalili was addressing the gathering. However, Taliban has rejected their involvement in the attack. 

According to Tolo News, Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs, said that according to their initial information, 27 people were killed, and 29 others were wounded in today's attack on the politicians' gathering in Kabul.

The officials said that Abdullah, Karzai, and Khalili were safe and escorted to their residences safely.

The same ceremony was also come under attack last year, in which at least 11 people were killed.

The attack comes days after the Taliban and the US agreed on a deal with certain conditions to end the long war in Afghanistan.

Following the deal, the insurgent group had announced to initiate attacks against Afghan forces, ending a partial peace truce. They had also announced not to attack the foreign troops as per the deal signed with the US in Qatar.

The partial truce to end the violence remained effective for a week and it was followed by a historic agreement between the US and the Taliban.

It is to mention that Abdullah, who was also a candidate in recent presidential elections, is at odds with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani over the polls results.

After contesting the results, which declared Ghani as winner of elections, Abdullah vowed to form a parallel government.