20 killed, 35 wounded in fresh Kabul bombings
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 12:36
Most of those killed in the originally lorry bombing, which struck near Kabul's unofficial "green zone" diplomatic district, were civilians, including women and children.
Police yesterday locked down much of Kabul city, with armed checkpoints and armoured vehicles patrolling the streets to prevent a repeat of Friday's violence.
Extremist attacks by the Taliban and Isis targeting both civilians and the military around the country have increased since global troops withdrew from Afghanistan in 2014.
He said three suicide bombers had hidden in the crowds and detonated their vests at the start of prayers, calling for an investigation into how the attackers were able to get so close to the high-profile funeral.
"The enemy seeks to manipulate the people's anger and sadness to create division and sow instability", the USA embassy said in a statement. The Interior Ministry said there were six dead and 87 wounded.
Altogether, 117 people have been killed and 586 others have been wounded in what has been the bloodiest week of the war in the Afghan capital.
The funeral of Salim Ezadyar, the son of an influential Afghan senator, was attended by senior government figures including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, but they escaped unharmed.
More than a thousand people demonstrated Friday demanding more security in the capital following a powerful truck bomb attack in the city that killed 90 people and wounded more than 450.
The slew of violence has increased tensions between Afghanistan's ethnic political groups.
The Taliban, which has often carried out bombings in the past, issued a swift denial that it had any role in the latest attack.
His father Alam Ezadyar is the deputy speaker for the upper house of the Afghanistan Parliament.
Salem Izadyar died at a hospital after he was injured Friday in anti-government protests in Kabul, Afghan media reported. He said the govt and the people of Pakistan expressed their heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to the govt and the people of Afghanistan and to the bereaved families in the hour of grief.
As anger against the government has grown, Ghani's global partners have become increasingly alarmed, with the United Nations calling for restraint.
On Saturday, security forces were seen blocking roads in central parts of the city amid fears of more protests.
A small group of protesters started a sit-in with several tents on Saturday outside a hospital on an avenue leading to the presidential palace.
In the first three months of the year at least 715 civilians were killed across the country, after nearly 3,500 last year - the deadliest on record for Afghan civilians.