Explosions kill at least 6 at funeral in Kabul

The funeral was for Salim Ezadyar, son of a senior Afghan parliamentarian, who was killed in clashes Friday between police and protestors who were demanding greater security.

But despite the orders, a group of around 200 demonstrators have remained near the blast site in the centre of town, sheltering from the sun in open tents.

The explosions follow an attack on Wednesday in which more than 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded.

At least 12 people were killed in three explosions in Kabul near the funeral for a victim of violent clashes between Afghan police and protesters, a security official and a witness at the scene said.

Najib Danish, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman, said the blasts occurred as the son of the deputy speaker for the upper house of the country's parliament, was about to be buried. Hundreds of demonstrators demanded better security in the Afghan capital in the wake of a powerful truck bomb attack that killed scores of people.

They held President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah responsible.

Friday s killings will likely further inflame passions as protesters prepared to attend their funeral ceremonies on Saturday. All roads toward the palace and diplomatic areas are being blocked Saturday by police and there is limited movement of vehicles and people.

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. He also called on members of the public not to join the demonstration. The bombings killed at least 6 people and wounded 87.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came in the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

  • Leroy Wright


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