Bombing targets Afghan clerics calling for peace, killing 7

Source: Associated Press

By RAHIM FAIEZ and AMIR SHAH

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of Afghanistan’s top clerics on Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding 20 shortly after the religious leaders had issued a decree against such attacks and called for peace talks.

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Ghafor Aziz, police chief of Kabul’s 5th District, said the bomber struck near the entrance of a compound where the religious body, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, was meeting. It was not clear how many of the clerics were among those killed or wounded.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said one policeman was among those killed and two were among the wounded. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said the 20 wounded were taken to different hospitals and that the toll could rise.

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