Gunmen kill dozens at remembrance service for Shiite leader in Afghanistan

Several prominent political leaders escaped the ceremony unhurt.

Afghan security personnel (Rahmat Gul/AP)

Gunmen killed at least 27 people and wounded 29 more in Afghanistan’s capital on Friday at a remembrance ceremony for a minority Shiite leader, officials said.

Heath Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said the injured had been taken to hospitals in Kabul.

All of the casualties were civilians, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

Several prominent political leaders escaped the ceremony unhurt, including Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive and a top contender in last year’s presidential election.

Afghan security forces were still trying to flush the gunmen out of a half-finished apartment building, Mr Rahimi said.

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