December 7th, 2011
01:34 AM ET

Karzai cancels UK trip after attacks

By Masoud Popalzai and Nick Paton Walsh, CNN

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has canceled a visit to the UK to return home following Tuesday's deadly blasts in the capital, Kabul, and in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif.

A spokesman for the Afghan embassy in London said Karzai had been due in London late Tuesday from Germany but was flying back to Afghanistan after the twin suicide attacks killed 60 people and wounded scores of others in the two cities.

A suicide bomber detonated a device at a Shiite shrine in Kabul, as worshippers were marking the Shiite holy day of Ashura, Afghan Health Ministry spokesman Kargar Norughli said. Fifty-six people were killed and 193 were wounded, Norughli added.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Afghanistan

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  1. hippypoet

    see, i have no problem if they wish to kill each other, they been doing it now for well over 3000 years, but leave the shrine alone... they have the most beautiful shrines! It just doesn't bode well with me.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • hippypoet

      Their shrines are most exquisite at night under a full moon with my legs spread and my boyfriend showing no mercy to my brownDirtHole.

      December 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  2. Cor

    Look to Britain for the next terrorist attack I guess. He probably ordered the bombing to give him an excuse for cancelling.
    Those guys! Always bombing around!

    December 7, 2011 at 7:26 am |
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