Friday, 2 June 2017

Afghanistan bomb protesters killed by security forces in Kabul

Protesters calling for the resignation of the Afghan government following a devastating truck bomb have been killed in clashes with riot police in Kabul.
At least four people were killed in violent clashes on Friday as more than 1,000 demonstrators gathered near the site of the bomb blast.

Pressure is increasing on President Ashraf Ghani and his government, which has been powerless to stop a string of attacks in Kabul that have killed hundreds of civilians in recent months.

Wednesday's bomb attack - at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan - was one of the worst in the Afghan capital since the US-led campaign against the Taliban in 2001.

Protesters are hit by a water cannon in the capital

Eighty people were killed and 460 were wounded in the attack, in which an explosives-laden sewage tanker was detonated in the city's diplomatic quarter.

Protesters carried banners calling for Mr Ghani to resign and pictures of some of the bomb victims.

Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to block protesters from reaching the road leading to the presidential palace.

At least four people were killed and 15 injured in the clashes

Bullets were also fired over the heads of the crowd, with stones also being thrown at security forces.
Fifteen people were also injured during the clashes, some of them critically.

A statement from Mr Ghani's office urged demonstrators not to allow "opportunists to disrupt their civic movement and use this opportunity to sow chaos for their own benefit".

An injured police officer is carried from the protests in Kabul

Amnesty International condemned the actions of security forces, claiming they showed "contempt for the lives of ordinary people".

Protesters also demanded that Mr Ghani execute prisoners from the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated militant group blamed for the attack.

SKY     News.