KABUL: Suicide bombers have killed at least 20 people and injured more than 80 at the funeral in Kabul of a man who died during a protest on Friday, Afghan officials say.
Dozens were wounded in the blasts, which hit the funeral of one of five people killed when police fired on a protest against deteriorating security.
The funeral was for a senator’s son – one of five people killed when police fired on demonstrators at a march in Kabul.
The protest followed a bomb attack on Wednesday which killed 90 people in the city’s diplomatic district.
Wahid Mujro, spokesman for the Public Health ministry, said three explosions rocked a cemetery where Afghan Senator Alam Ezadyar’s son was about to be buried. Salim Ezadyar was one of several people killed during the protest on Friday, attended by more than a thousand people in downtown Kabul.
Alam Ezadyar is deputy speaker for the upper house of the Afghanistan Parliament.
A couple hundred protesters passed the night under two big tents on a road near the presidential palace and the blast site and about 200 more joined them during the day. All roads toward the palace and nearby diplomatic areas were blocked Saturday by police and there was limited movement of vehicles and people.
The nature of Friday’s demonstration shifted when protesters, many calling for the country’s leadership to resign, attempted to move closer to the palace and some rushed police, who fired warning shots and used water cannons and eventually tear gas in attempt to disperse the crowd. The city’s police chief said some demonstrators fired weapons in the direction of his men.