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    Posted: 09-Sep-2018 at 6:18pm

Afghanistan marked on Sunday the week of Martyrs which coincides with the 17th anniversary of martyrdom of Afghan National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud.

The martyrdom anniversary Massoud followed as thousands of young men brandishing knives and assault rifles took to the streets and fired indiscriminately, mostly into the air.

Police said they arrested nearly a hundred of the marchers and seized some vehicles, but many saw the report as a move to show that government has control over the situation.

In the meantime, addressing the Martyrs’ Week event in the Loya Jirga tent in Kabul, the Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah paid tribute to Massoud  and called the ongoing chaos in the city contrary to the wills of the national hero.

Earlier in the day, CE Abdullah laid wreath to the Resistance Monument in Massoud Square in Kabul to honor the sacrifices of the national hero.

The former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai also urged the supporters of Massoud to give flowers to people instead of firing and riding in convoys of motorcycles and vehicles in the city.

Earlier today, security forces said they opened fire and wounded an attempted suicide bomber who wanted to blow himself up in a crowd of marchers at the memorial monument built for Massoud close to the U.S. embassy.

Hours after a suicide bomber has blown himself up close to a procession commemorating the anniversary of Massoud, killing at least seven and wounding 25.

Ahmad Shah Massoud was an important figure in the ’90s Afghan civil war. He led the resistance against the Taliban until his assassination.

The former resistance leader Ahmad Shah who had played vital role in defeating the former Soviet Union and blocking Taliban onslaught to capture Afghanistan was killed in a suicide attack conducted by three Arabs who disguised themselves as journalists during an interview in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province on Sept. 9, 2001.

Masoud is no less a hero in Afghanistan. Massoud’s image can be found plastered on shop windows and car windshields, as much a symbol of pride in Afghanistan’s mujahidin past as an allegiance to his anti-Taliban bent.

One of Kabul’s biggest intersections is named after him, and September 9, the anniversary of his death, is a national holiday.

Massoud’s supporters, many of them hailing from his anti-Taliban United Islamic Front, which has now been reconstituted in Western parlance as the Northern Alliance, hold that had he not been killed, Afghanistan would have been in far better shape.

Afghanistan: Bomb attack hits Ahmed Shah Massoud supporters

Blast comes hours after Kabul police shoot another suspected suicide bomber targeting supporters of anti-Soviet fighter.

Afghanistan: Bomb attack hits Ahmed Shah Massoud supporters

A suicide bomber has detonated his explosives close to a procession commemorating the death of a former anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban commander, wounding at least two people, a police spokesperson said.

The attacker targeted a convoy marking the 17th anniversary of Ahmed Shah Massoud's death in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, according to police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai. 

He told AFP news agency there were no reports of fatalities other than the death of the perpetrator.

The blast on Sunday came hours after another suspected suicide bomber was shot by police in Kabul before he could detonate his device.

He was shot dead near supporters of Massoud, dubbed the Lion of Panjshir, a Tajik fighter who led resistance to the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and to the 1996-2001 Taliban government.

Massoud was killed two days before the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, DC, that precipitated the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

The attacks on Sunday follow a spate of deadly attacks in the city, including a double bombing at a wrestling club on Wednesday that killed at least 26 people, including two journalists, and wounded 91 people.

According to NY Times

At Massoud Square, near the United States Embassy, security officials shot and apparently killed a man they said was a would-be suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest. Later, another suicide bomber, this time on a motorcycle, attacked a Massoud procession, killing seven people and wounding 20 others, according to Mr. Stanikzai.

Edited by MateenK - 09-Sep-2018 at 7:15pm
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