Blasts heard at Kabul victim's funeral

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 4, 2017

Salem was killed during a protest on Friday after police fired into a crowd of protesters in Kabul who poured onto the streets to protest a massive explosion in the city on Wednesday.

At least 12 people have been killed in three explosions in Kabul near the funeral for a victim of violent clashes between Afghan police and protesters a day earlier.

UPDATE 5.05pm: Emerging reports suggest 18 people have been killed and 90 wounded in bombings at the funeral of a protester killed in Kabul. More than 1,000 people demonstrated calling for more security in the capital, following a truck bomb attack that killed at least 90 people and wounded more than 450 on 31 May.

The bombs were detonated by three suicide bombers who were hiding among the mourners at the funeral, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah told a local news channel.

Kabul police chief General Hassan Shah Frogh said his officers were left with no choice when they realised some of the protesters were carrying weapons.

"Any government attempt to disrupt our fair and just demonstration will show their complicity with terrorist groups and the perpetrators of Wednesday's attack", said Asif Ashna, a spokesman for the protesters.

Three explosions were heard in Kabul during the funeral ceremony, killing 20 people. The attack raised fears about the government's ability to protect its citizens almost 16 years into a war with insurgents. Checkpoints have been set up in central Kabul, and armoured vehicles are patrolling the streets.

Many in Afghanistan are losing patience with the weak and divided government of President Ashraf Ghani, which they say is not doing enough to protect the people from militant violence. "We must stay united".

Lawmakers and high-profile government officials attended the funeral, including officials from Mohammad Alam Izadyar's Jamiat-e Islami party, Rasmussen said.

He said his government must rethink its security policies and institutions and bring necessary reforms.

The US has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, while another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are in the country.

The huge truck-bomb attack was the latest in a long series of high-profile militant attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan since most worldwide forces left the country in 2014.

The Taliban has been intensifying its insurgency since the partial withdrawal of worldwide troops in 2014, gaining ground to contest or hold around 40 per cent of Afghanistan. That year, 3,500 civilians were killed and 7,900 injured.

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