Kabul: A suicide attack killed about fifty-four Shia Muslims near a Shiite shrine in the Afghanistan, capital Kabul on Tuesday.

The blasts coincided with the Shia Muslim festival of Ashura – the most important day in the Shia calendar and marked with a public holiday in Afghanistan.

Bodies were seen scattered down a street, where a crowd of hundreds had gathered to mark the festival. While around fifty-four were killed as many as 160 were wounded.

As Afghanistan has a history of tension and violence between Sunnis and the Shiite minority, after the blast people were seen blaming Al-Qaida and Taliban for the incident.

Criticizing the incident, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said, “This is the first time on such an important religious day in Afghanistan that terrorism of that horrible nature is taking place.”

In another similar incident four others died in a smaller blast in a key northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.