Kabul blast: Deadly explosion at protest victim’s funeral

Kabul blast: Deadly explosion at protest victim’s funeral

Hundreds of people joined protests in Kabul on Friday-Rueters


Explosions at the funeral in Kabul of a man who died during a protest on Friday have killed at least four people, Afghan officials say.

The blasts hit the funeral of a senator’s son, one of five people killed when police fired on a protest against deteriorating security.

The chief executive of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, was at the funeral. His office said he was unhurt.

The latest violence came as much of Kabul is in lock-down.

Officials had warned people to stay away from demonstrations, saying they might be attacked by militants.

At least three explosions hit the funeral, reports said. Pictures on social media showed a number of dead bodies at the scene.

A witness told AFP news agency that “people were blown to pieces”.

Friday’s protest followed a bomb attack on Wednesday which killed 90 people in the city’s diplomatic district. No group has said it carried out the attack.

The diplomatic district, which includes the presidential palace and many embassies, is blocked off and patrolled by armoured vehicles.

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