Three separate bombings in Afghanistan have left dozens of people dead and many more injured, including Shi’ite pilgrims.
In Kabul at least 48 people were killed when a suicide attacker detonated a device at a Shi’ite Muslim shrine where hundreds of people were taking part in a religious festival. It was one of the deadliest attacks in the capital since since the fall of the Taliban governmet in 2001.
Elsewhere, four people were killed, including one Afghan soldier, when a bomb exploded near a mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif. In Kandahar several people were injured when a device placed in motorcycle blew up. It was not close to a religious site.
The blast in Kabul during the Ashura festival appeard to be an unprecedent sectarian attack. It came a day after Afghanistan’s Western allies pledged long-term support once their troops leave in 2014.