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Karzai Says Death Toll From Ashura Bombings Now At 80

People help clear casualties from the site of a suicide attack at a Shi'ite Muslim gathering in Kabul on December 6.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the death toll from bomb attacks on Shi'ite Muslim ceremonies last week is far higher than previously reported.

Speaking today in Kabul, Karzai said he had received fresh statistics indicating that 80 people were killed in the attacks targeting Shi'a during commemorations of the Ashura holiday on December 6.

It had previously been reported that a total of 59 people had died in three different bombings in Kabul, Mazar-e Sharif, and Kandahar, the vast majority of them in Kabul.

It was not clear if the new toll is only in reference to Kabul or includes the other two incidents.

Karzai has blamed the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi for the attacks.