Several explosions were heard when Afghanistan's two rival leaders held parallel inaugurations of the President in Kabul on Monday to underscore the country's sad security before talks with resurgent Taliban.
#WAT Afghanistan: Several explosions were reported during President # AshrafGhani's oath ceremony in Kabul. pic.twitter.com/8N7aYrdAuS
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Hundreds of people had gathered in two locations in the Presidential Palace complex to watch the swearing-in ceremonies for President Ashraf Ghani and challenger Abdullah Abdullah when the explosions were heard, and prompted some to flee.
"I don't have a bulletproof vest on, just my shirt, I will stay even if I have to sacrifice my head," Ghani told the remaining crowd as sirens sounded above me.