Suicide attack kills at least 26, injures 18 in Afghanistan's capital Kabul

Suicide attack kills at least 26, injures 18 in Afghanistan's capital Kabul

Suicide attack kills at least 26, injures 18 in Afghanistan's capital Kabul

Updated 21 March 2018, 21:15 AEDT

A suicide bomber blows himself up near a Shi'ite shrine in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 26 people and injuring 18, officials say.

A suicide bomber has blown himself up near a Shi'ite shrine in Kabul, killing at least 26 people and wounding 18, officials say, as the Afghan capital celebrated the Nawruz holiday marking the start of the Persian new year.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy interior ministry spokesman, said the bomber blew himself up near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine, a target of previous militant attacks.

The latest explosion to hit Kabul underlined the threat to the city from militant attacks despite government promises to tighten security in the wake of an attack in January that killed about 100 people.

Wednesday's blast, the latest in a series to have hit Shi'ite targets in Kabul, came as people were walking away from the shrine, near the city's main university.

Nawruz, an ancient Persian celebration of the start of spring, is widely celebrated in Afghanistan but has also faced opposition from some fundamentalist Muslims, who say it is un-Islamic.

Reuters