Officer Mohammad Saleh Nawabi, commander of the Second Company of the Kabul’s PD6 police headquarters, who stopped two suicide bombers from entering Al-Zahra Mosque on Thursday night, where a large number of people were praying on the 21st night of Ramadan, was laid to rest on Friday.
A large number of Nawabi’s relatives and colleagues attended his burial ceremony in Khairkhana area in Kabul’s PD15.
Police officials say one of the attackers were killed and another was wounded after the police officer opened fire on them, stopping them from entering the main hall of the mosque.
According to police officials, Nawabi lost his life in the shooting.
The Ministry of Interior in a statement condemned the attack on Al-Zahra Mosque, saying that the ministry commends “the courage, bravery and sacrifice” of police officers, especially Nawabi, whose sacrifice prevented further casualties in the attack.
According to sources, at least six people were killed and 10 others were wounded in the attack.
However, an eyewitness, Baqer, told TOLOnews on Friday that seven people including Kabul businessman Ramazan Husainzada were killed and 18 others were wounded in the attack which according to him was carried out by two suicide bombers.
The Ministry of Interior said on Friday that five people including the police officer were killed and 10 others were wounded in the attack.
The Presidential Palace called the attack heinous and said the insurgents continue to target mosques and political gatherings in order to fuel ethnic and political rifts among the people.