Taliban claims attack on ceremony attended by Karzai

April 27th, 2008 - 1:44 pm ICT by admin  

(Second Lead)
Kabul, April 27 (DPA) A Taliban spokesman said six of their fighters armed with assault rifles opened fire during a ceremony which was attended by President Hamid Karzai and his cabinet ministers Sunday. Karzai abruptly left the parade, held to commemorate the victory of the mujahideen against Soviet forces, after shooting out was heard in live telecast.

“Six of our mujahideen attacked the ceremony and in the shootout three of them were martyred and the other three after the attack fled the area and are in a safe place,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told DPA.

Live broadcast by Afghan state-run TV showed presidential bodyguards shielding the area around the stage where the president and his cabinet members were sitting.

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