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14 killed in attack on Shia shrine in Afghan capital

Published 11/10/2016

The Shiite Sakhi Shrine is in the Afghan capital of Kabul
The Shiite Sakhi Shrine is in the Afghan capital of Kabul

Fourteen people have been killed in a militant attack on a Shia shrine in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said another 26 people were wounded in the attack on the Sakhi Shrine.

He said 13 civilians and one policeman were killed, with three police officers among the wounded.

Contrary to earlier reports of three gunmen, Mr Sediqqi said only one gunman attacked the shrine. He was shot dead by police.

The attack took place as Shias gathered ahead of Wednesday's Ashoura Day, which commemorates the death in 680 AD of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein.

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