#BREAKING: Three Explosions Rocks Funeral Of Kabul Protester
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 17:33
Afghan authorities will investigate violent clashes that left at least five people dead during an anti-government protest over this week's devastating truck bomb attack in Kabul, the deputy interior minister said on Saturday.
Witnesses reported three blasts at the burial site of Salim Ezadyar, who was among four people killed yesterday when the protest degenerated into street clashes with police, fuelling anger against the government. The demonstration followed the explosion of a huge truck bomb on Wednesday that killed more than 80 people and wounded 460 - one of the deadliest attacks seen in Kabul since the US -led campaign that toppled the Islamist Taliban in 2001.
Wednesday's truck bomb, which killed more than 80 people and wounded some 460, was one of the worst since the US-led campaign to oust the Taliban in 2001 but in other respects it scarcely differed from a long series of previous attacks.
"Shame on you, both the president and Abdullah", said protester Niloofar Nilgoon.
Gunfire could be heard from the site of the demonstration well after sunset, as the protesters continued chanting their slogans, "Down with Ashraf Ghani" and "Down with the CEO".
Bullets were also fired over the heads of the crowd, with stones also being thrown at security forces.
A policeman rests during a demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, June 2, 2017.
"It is the duty of the government to ensure security to the protesters. and the government will be held responsible for any violence".
In a sign of how alarmed Afghanistan's worldwide partners have become at the violence and possible impact on political stability, the United Nations special representative in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, also appealed for restraint.
After the protests began, The New York Times reports, Ghani released a statement calling for peace but also blaming "those who want to agitate and hurt public order, their issue is separate - they will not be allowed to use the people's emotions against the people's interest".
No group officially claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack but Afghan intelligence officials suggested the Pakistan based Haqqani network - militants allied with the Taliban - carried it out with support of Pakistan.
USA officials are considering plans to increase the number of American troops in the country by up to 5,000.
Taliban insurgents now control or contest about 40 percent of the country.