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At the end of a 21-gun salute to mark the mujahideen victory
over the Afghan communist government 16 years ago, the
Taliban gunmen opened fire, sending the president, ministers,
foreign diplomats and military top brass diving for cover.
"There is no security force in Afghanistan that people trust," said Afghan parliamentarian Ramazan Bashardost. "If you pay attention to yesterday's incident, the security forces fled the area before the ordinary people did."