More than sixty people were killed and over 160 others were wounded in a powerful suicide blast on Tuesday in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, said reports.
The bombing took place near the Abul Fazal Shrine in the second police district, where members of the Shiite sect were marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Imam Hussain.
Citing Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zahir, the Kabul police criminal investigation department head, state-run Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) of Afghanistan confirmed 60 casualties and said over 160 others were wounded. The police head feared rise in the death toll.
A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden truck into the huge procession of Shiite mourners in the afternoon.
President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the attack as a brazen act of the “enemies of Islam and Afghanistan.”
“Followers of all religious sects have been living in a brotherly environment and whoever carry out such attacks are the enemies of the country, ” said his statement.
The explosion took place as a day-long conference on Afghanistan’s stable and prosperous future is being held in Bonn, Germany.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, so far.