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Three explosions rock funeral of Kabul protester: witnesses

Afghan men gather at the site of a series of explosions that targeted a funeral of a politician’s son, who was killed during an anti-government protest a day earlier, at Badam Bagh in Kabul on June 3, 2017. Witnesses reported three blasts at the burial site of Salim Ezadyar, who was among four people killed on June 2 when the protest degenerated into street clashes with police, fuelling anger against the government.WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP


Explosions Saturday rocked the funeral ceremony of an Afghan man killed during protests over the worsening security situation in the capital Kabul, witnesses said, reporting multiple casualties.

“Many people have been killed and wounded at the funeral of Salim Ezadyar,” the son of a prominent Afghan politician, witness Abdul Wudood told AFP.

Authorities were unable to immediately confirm the death toll, but another witness told AFP that “people were blown to pieces” due to the impact of the blasts.

The funeral was attended by senior Afghan government officials including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, but his office told AFP that he was unhurt.

Ezadyar was among four people killed on Friday when an anti-government protest spiralled into street clashes, with police firing live rounds to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators incensed by a catastrophic bombing.

Public anger has mounted after an explosives-laden sewage tanker detonated in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter on Wednesday, killing 90 people and wounding hundreds of others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001.

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