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6 dead, 87 wounded in Kabul triple bombings

6 dead, 87 wounded in Kabul triple bombings

Jun 03, 2017 - 17:40

KABUL (Pajhwok): Several people were killed and wounded on Saturday when three suspected suicide blasts ripped through a funeral ceremony in capital Kabul, witnesses said.

The funeral prayer for the son of Meshrano Jirga deputy chairman, Mohammad Alam Ezedyar, was attacked in Badam Bagh area of Kabul. Ezedyar’s son was killed along with several others during yesterday’s protest demonstration.

Three explosions took place at the funeral attended by government officials and parliament members. Public Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Waheed Majrooh said so far six dead bodies and 87 injured people had been evacuated to various hospitals from the scene.

He said the dead bodies of two suicide attackers had been collected.

Witnesses said the three bombers blew themselves up in the middles of the funeral.

Economy Minister Sattar Murad, who attended the funeral, said CEO Dr. Abdullah, Salahuddin Rabbani, Amarullah Saleh, Cabinet ministers and Meshrano Jirga and Wolesi Jirga members and a large number of Jamiat-i-Islami members were present at the funeral and they all had survived.

But some sources said a number of lawmakers were among the injured.

An eyewitness, Sher Agha, said the blasts took place one after another as the funeral started.

No group has asserted responsibility for the attack.

The explosions came just three days after a powerful truck bomb attack killed 90 people and wounded more than 450 in Kabul.

Alam Ezadyar's son Salim Ezadyar was one of several people killed during the protest on Friday attended by more than a thousand people in downtown Kabul.

Police on Saturday blocked all roads leading to the Presidential Palace and nearby diplomatic areas and there was limited movement of vehicles and people.

During Friday's demonstration, the protesters called for the government leadership to resign and attempted to move closer to the Presidential Palace.