Firing, blast killed 27 in Kabul during memorial for Afghan leader

Former president Afghanistan Hamid Karzai was also present

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Gunmen opened fire at a ceremony organized to observe the death anniversary of an Afghan leader on Friday evening. Police and Afghan officials quoted by news agencies confirmed that 27 people were killed as result of firing by gunmen and blast.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah were also present on the occasion. The two Afghan leaders were unharmed during the attack. Health ministry spokesman Waheedullah Omar told reporters that 29 people were also injured in the blast that rocked the Afghan capital. The injured were rushed to Kabul hospital for medical treatment.

This was the first major attack after the US-Taliban deal struck in the Qatari capital Doha a week ago. However, Taliban in a statement denied any sort of involvement in the firing and bombing.

A large number of ethnic Hazaraz and Afghan political leaders had gathered in Kabul to observe the death anniversary of Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari. Mazari was killed in 1995 during Taliban captivity when Taliban were marching towards Kabul, the Afghan capital.

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