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An international coalition vehicle was also damaged in the attack but there were no initial reports of casualties among the foreign forces, said Jamie Graybeal, a NATO troops spokesman.

Police had already set up extra checkpoints around Kabul and specifically near shrines to search cars and people in the run up to Ashoura.

On Tuesday, Gen. Amin said that all his forces were “in the first security alert position” and doing their “best to provide good security and prevent any possible incident on Ashoura.”