TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry strongly condemned a suicide attack at a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul that killed at least 29 people marking Nowruz, the beginning of spring.

In a statement on Thursday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi offered condolences to the Afghan government, nation and families of victims of the fatal terrorist attack in Kabul that targeted people celebrating Nowruz.

On Wednesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine west of Kabul, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozens of people who were celebrating the start of the new Persian year.

Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group, which has claimed several previous attacks on Shiite targets, claimed responsibility, its Amaq news agency said. The Taliban issued a statement denying any connection.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said the bomber had apparently intended to reach the shrine, which was attacked during a Shiite festival in October 2016, but had been prevented from getting closer by police checkpoints.