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KABUL: Multiple explosions in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday killed six people and wounded 23 in an attack during celebrations to mark the Persian new year, government spokesmen said.
The attacks came on Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival to mark the start of spring that is widely celebrated in many parts of Afghanistan but has also faced opposition from some hardline extremists, who say it is un-Islamic.
There were conflicting reports about of the cause of the blasts near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine, in a heavily Shi'ite Muslim area in the west of Kabul.
An interior ministry spokesman said mortar bombs had been fired. The defence ministry said in a post on twitter that three rockets were fired at civilian homes and Nowruz gatherings.
The defence ministry said police had arrested the attacker and secured the area.
Two explosions went off at a public celebration in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on Saturday, killing two people and wounding the governor of Helmand province, security and hospital officials said.
The blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration in the southern city that was attended by nearly 1,000 people.
The roadside bombs were spaced within 10-20 metres of one another, said Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz. The wounded child is a 12-year-old girl, he said, and added that the police are searching the area where the bombs struck.
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