Blasts Hit New Year Celebrations In Afghan Capital

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Several people were feared killed or injured, after three blasts hit New Year celebrations, near a shrine in the western side of Kabul on Thursday, witnesses said.

“We heard a huge blast at the main traffic circle in Jamal Mina neighbourhood at 09:30 a.m., and the blast was followed by two consecutive explosions at the area, which is called Kart-e-Sakhi,” an eyewitness, said.

The attacks came, as Afghan security forces have beefed up security across the country, ahead of Nawroz Festival celebrations falling on Thursday (today), which marks the Afghan New Year.

“The area was closed to traffic as New Year celebrations were underway in Sakhi Shrine, but the blasts occurred as large crowd of people were walking towards the shrine,” the eyewitness added.

“One of the roads of the square leads to Sakhi Shrine. The whole place has now been sealed off by security forces,” he said.

“There are causalities. We still cannot provide details on causalities,” a police officer near the site, said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet.– NNN-AGENCIES