Afghans Angered by Lack of Security Clash With Police; 4 Dead

The protests began peacefully Friday morning, as hundreds of people chanted for the government to resign as they gathered near the bombing site.

Frogh added that Salem Izidyar, son of the deputy speaker of the Senate, was among the protesters who had been killed.

Public anger has mounted after a sewage tanker loaded with explosives detonated in Kabul's diplomatic quarter on Wednesday, killing 90 people and wounding more than 400 others in the deadliest attack in the city since 2001.

Streets in the center of the Afghan capital Kabul were closed on Saturday as authorities tried to prevent a repeat of a demonstration that degenerated into clashes between protesters and police and left four people dead.

Mr. Yamamoto, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), recognized the constitutional right of those with grievances to express them peacefully in public demonstrations, but reminded those protesting, and also those in a position to protect the protestors, that all have an obligation to avoid violence. Hundreds of demonstrators demanded better security in the Afghan capital in the wake of a powerful truck bomb attack t.

A member of Parliament said on Friday that eight protesters had been shot dead, while a hospital official said four corpses were brought to his facility. The city's police chief said some demonstrators fired weapons in the direction of his men.

On Saturday, General Murad Ali Murad, deputy interior minister, urged demonstrators to disperse because of a high security threat level in the country.

The Afghan National Directorate of Security also claimed that the Haqqani network enjoyed Pakistan's support and was still operating from its hideouts in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Chaudhary pointed out that only Afghan intelligence officials had linked the Haqqanis to Wednesday's blast, and the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was yet to endorse the findings.

Protesters have demanded the execution of Anas Haqqani, son of the Haqqani network's founder, who has been held by the Afghan government since 2014. "While peaceful demonstrations are welcome in a democracy, some narrow political elements used this opportunity to spark violence, resulting in more death and suffering", the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a statement.

Protesters carried banners calling for Mr Ghani to resign and pictures of some of the bomb victims.

There has been no official confirmation of casualties.

A U.S. State Department official said 11 American contractors were wounded, none with life-threatening injuries.

No group claimed responsibility for the May 31 attack, the deadliest bombing in the capital since a USA -led invasion drove the Taliban from power in 2001.

  • Leroy Wright