Two blasts in Afghan capital during presidential inaugurations

KABUL (HRNW) – Two loud blasts were heard in Kabul on Monday during two separate presidential inaugurations of rival politicians Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.

Hundreds of people had assembled at two venues inside the presidential palace complex to watch the swearing-in ceremonies for President Ashraf Ghani and challenger Abdullah Abdullah, when the blasts were heard, prompting some to flee.

“I have no bulletproof vest on, only my shirt, I will stay even if I have to sacrifice my head,” Ghani told the remaining crowd, as sirens sounded overhead.

The bomb blasts take place days after the United States and the Taliban signed a historic peace deal in Doha.


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