Authorities: Several demonstrators killed in Kabul protest

The Kabul police officials said Thursday that the attack was aimed at the Embassy of Germany.

Protesters also fired shots near the Emergency Hospital where some of the wounded were taken for treatment, according to police.

Refugee rights group Pro Asyl demanded that such deportations be scrapped for good, arguing that Afghans must not be sent back to "a country that can not protect civilians".

As well as criticising the government, some protesters demanded that Ghani execute prisoners from the Haqqani network, the Taliban-affiliated militant group that intelligence officials blame for the attack.

Policeman Ghulam Hazarat said four police were wounded by stone-throwing protesters.

The telegram, addressed to Afghani ambassador to Italy, was sent hours after a suicide bomb exploded on Wednesday (31 May) in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 80 people and wounding almost 300 others.

Otso Iho, an analyst with Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, said the Taliban have previously disavowed attacks, particularly ones with high civilian casualties and could still be behind Wednesday's bombing. But Kabul's police chief said two protesters were killed, and that 25 police officers were wounded by rocks thrown from demonstrators.

Public anger has mounted after an explosives-laden sewage tanker detonated in Kabul's diplomatic quarter on Wednesday, killing 90 people and wounding hundreds of others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001.

Abdul Hafiz Mansur, a member of parliament from Kabul, said eight protesters were killed by government security forces.

Afghanistan's capital was hit by one of its worst attacks since 2014 on Wednesday.

Angry protestors not only stoned security force vehicles but also chanted "Down With (President Ashraf) Ghani", "Down With the CEO (Abdullah Abdullah)" and "Down With The US".

Protestors wanted immediate resignation of the current government in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

"The people of Afghanistan deserve justice and there should immediately be an independent and effective investigation into the bombing so that the perpetrators can be held accountable", he added.

However, the Taliban, which is now in the midst of their annual "spring offensive", has denied any involvement in the bombing. In a sign of how alarmed Afghanistan's global partners have become at the violence and its possible impact on political stability, the United Nations Special Representative in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, also appealed for restraint.

  • Leroy Wright