By: Abdul Ghafoor
Kabul was once again rocked by a suicide bomber that blew himself among the mourners mainly from the Hazara Shi’ite minority to commemorate the 40th of Muharam, the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and Shia martyr.Witnesses suggest the attack was carried out by a man who had posed as a beggar entering on foot. The suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of the hall full of mourners at around 12:27 Kabul time.
Witnesses claim at least 27 people were killed as a result of the blast and 35 others were injured.The deceased include people of all ages, including small children. The exact number of casualties is yet to be confirmed.
Among all the victims was the Farhadi family, who were deported from Norway less than one month ago. The family was close to the site of the blast, intending to join the processions when the blast took place. Fortunately their injuries are minor. The youngest child, 2 years old, who fell from his mother’s arms the moment the blast occurred, has minor injuries on his face and bleeding from one of his ears.
In a conversation with the family earlier, the family confirmed that they escaped with minor injuries, but the children and the mother are in a state of trauma and shock as a result of the suicide attack.