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Causalities feared in Kabul protester funeral blast

KABUL, June 3  – At least 10 people were killed and wounded  in explosions that rocked the funeral of an Afghan man who died during protests over the worsening security situation in Kabul, the interior ministry said.
“Initial reports show at least 10 casualties,” ministry spokesman  Najib Danish told AFP.

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.

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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”.

Protests in Kabul

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 armored vehicles.


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