Four people killed after explosions at Kabul funeral

Four people killed after explosions at Kabul funeral

At least six people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a bombing at a funeral in Kabul.

Mr Ezadyar, whose father Alam was deputy speaker for the upper house of the Afghan parliament, was one of at least four people killed in confrontations between protesters and riot police in Kabul on Friday.

The blasts owed to three suicide bombings, said the government's chief executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who attended the funeral and tweeted that he was not harmed in the attack.

The previous day's protests erupted against the government demanding better security following a suicide bomb attack in Kabul's diplomatic quarter on 31 May that killed at least 90 people and injured hundreds.

As with the lorry bombing, no one claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Taliban denied any involvement.

Saturday's violence capped a week that saw a devastating bomb blast in the heart of Kabul's heavily militarized diplomatic zone, that claimed almost 100 lives, and anti-government protests Friday that left with six dead. Several demonstrators were killed and police injured, authorities said.

Up to five people were killed during the protests according to Afghanistan's deputy interior minister, as cited by Reuters. However, the city's people have claimed that some protesters fired weapons at officers during the violent encounter. More than 1,000 people demonstrated in the protest.

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Photographs after the explosion showed Abdullah was safe while Rabbani took to Twitter and confirmed he was unharmed but condemned the incident. However, the Afghan media reported the toll to be as high as 18.

In the meantime, President Ghani warned that the enemies of the country are attempting to spark riots and chaos in the country, emphasizing that only unity among the people can thwart the relentless conspiracies of the enemy. Police used water cannons, tear gas and opened fire at protesters who attempted to move closer to the presidential palace.

"I urge everyone not to respond to violence with more violence, said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, expressing heartfelt condolences to family and friends of the victims, all civilians, "who once again suffered indescribable loss today".

He said his government must rethink its security policies and institutions and bring necessary reforms.

"We reiterate our solidarity with friendly and brotherly people and Government of Afghanistan in the face of these terror attacks that aim to disturb peace and public order in the country", Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

In the first three months of the year at least 715 civilians were killed, after nearly 3,500 in 2016, the deadliest year on record for Afghan civilians.

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