Blasts at funeral in Kabul adds to wave of violence

Afghan security forces use water cannon to disperse protesters during clashes at a protest against the government following a catastrophic truck bomb attack near Zanbaq Square in Kabul, June 2, 2017.

Kabul: At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded in three back-to-back explosions which tore through a cemetery in Khair Khana area of Kabul on Saturday during Senator Ezadyars sons funeral.

"The country is under attack", Ghani said. He also called on members of the public not to join the demonstration. Several senior security officials had been wounded.

President Ashraf Ghani urged restraint after the funeral bombings, saying: "The country is under attack".

More than 1,000 people chanted slogans calling for the resignation of the government, as well as "death to the Taliban" and "death to Haqqani", the wing of the insurgency believed by intelligence services to be responsible for Wednesday's attack.

The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the massive blast of late May, which killed some 90 people and injured scores more.

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Mr. Yamamoto underscored that the incident "follows so much violence this week across the country, in Khost, in Kabul and in other provinces", referring to a truck explosion on Wednesday that reportedly killed almost 100 people and wounded hundreds of others near the presidential palace and foreign embassies.

Kabul has now had three deadly incidents in four days.

Isis has been attempting to expand its presence in Afghanistan, claiming a separate bombing on Wednesday in Jalalabad that killed a Taliban member, and has called for increased global terror attacks during Ramadan.

I have spoken with a broad spectrum of Afghanistan's political leaders, highlighting the importance of unity. They agreed that working together is essential to stop the cycle of violence, he said.

Lawmakers and high-profile government officials attended the funeral, including officials from Mohammad Alam Izadyar's Jamiat-e Islami party, Rasmussen said.

The explosions took place at about 3.30 p.m.

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"The enemy seeks to manipulate the people's anger and sadness to create division and sow instability", the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

On Saturday, protesters held a sit-in at the site outside a hospital near the presidential palace where witnesses said that on Friday palace guards wove through the protesters in armored vehicles, shooting rifles in the air.

Now is the time, to stand unified and announce to the enemies loud and clear that Afghans, along with their global partners, will not allow cowards to break the Afghan resolve to achieve a prosperous, stable, and peaceful nation, noted the American diplomat.

The controversy-marred presidential election in 2014 prompted the United States to help mediate a deal between Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, and Abdullah, an ethnic Tajik, to form the unity government.

He said his government must rethink its security policies and institutions and bring necessary reforms.

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