3 explosions target Shia shrine in Kabul

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KABUL: Three explosions have struck near a Shia shrine and cemetery in western Kabul as people gathered there to mark the holiday of Nauroz, the Persian New Year, an Afghan official said on Thursday.
According to some reports, at least 3 people were killed and 23 injured in the attack.
Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said Shia worshippers had come to the Karti Sakhi shrine in the Afghan capital when the blasts took place on Thursday morning in the Shia neighbourhood. The tradition at the shrine is to hoist green flags and honour the dead at the cemetery by placing food at the gravesides.
The militant Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan has in the past targeted the country’s Shia population. The Sunni militant group considers Shia Muslims heretics.– Agencies

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