Kabul funeral bombing: At least 12 killed in Afghanistan massacre
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 20:30
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is expected to approve the execution of 11 Taliban and Haqqani prisoners, a government source told AFP, in apparent retaliation to the assault. "We must be strong and united".
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a vehicle bombing that killed at least 18 people in eastern Afghanistan last Saturday at the start of the holy period.
Incensed over the Wednesday suicide attack that left 90 dead in Kabul, Afghans took to the streets on Friday to demand the government's resignation. To prevent the protesters from reaching the Presidential Palace, police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds.
The city's police chief claimed some demonstrators fired weapons in the direction of his officers, while an Afghan MP confirmed at least eight protesters had been shot dead.
Alam Ezadyar is deputy speaker for the upper house of the country's parliament.
Several senior Afghan officials attended his funeral, with Mr Abdullah, foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani and others reporting safe following the bombings.
With much of the capital locked down by security forces, a group of around 200 protesters remained near the blast site in the centre of town, sheltering from the sun in open tents. The attack raised fears about the government's ability to protect its citizens almost 16 years into a war with insurgents. A statement from the president's office said the meeting called for an investigation into the nature of the deadly violence at the protest.
Most of the casualties from the truck bombing were civilians, including women and children, officials have said.
The Taliban - now in the midst of their annual "spring offensive" - denied they were involved.
Demonstrators were holding up photographs of those killed in the devastating attack on a diplomatic district in the Afghan capital on Wednesday - just day into the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
The violence further complicates the situation confronting US and coalition officials as they work on plans expected to see an increase of between 3,000 and 5,000 in the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan.
According to the U.S. top commander in Afghanistan, Lt Gen John Nicholson, the central government controls only 60 per cent of the country.
At least 12 people were killed and 18 injured in three back to back blasts in in Khair Khana area of Kabul on Saturday.