20 killed in Fresh Kabul bombing, 87 wounded


Afghans mourned the loss of family members, friends and colleagues on Thursday, a day after the truck bomb exploded in the capital leaving at least 90 people dead and more than 450 others wounded in one of the worst extremist attacks since the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

The hilly, wind-swept cemetery was littered with human remains, with one witness telling AFP that "people were blown to pieces" due to the impact of the blasts.

Nearly 90 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in the attack, one of the worst since 2001.

Zabiul Mujahid, the groups spokesperson, claimed that the incident has links to internal dispute and enmity among the enemies of the group.

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On Wednesday, a powerful explosion rocked Kabul, leaving up to 90 people dead and about 380 injured.

"President Ghani condemns the outrageous attack on mourners burying the martyred.The country is under attack.We must be strong and united", he said. Reports said streets in large parts of the city had been closed, with armed checkpoints set up and armored vehicles patrolling the area. That was followed by five more deaths last Friday during clashes between protesters and the police. Abdullah described the attack on TV, Sune Engel Rasmussen of The Guardian said on CNN.

Government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was at the funeral but was unharmed, while survivors said a series of explosions ripped through the crowd. They were there to pay homage to Salim Ezidyar, the slain son of Mohammad Elim Ezidyar - deputy speaker of the parliament's upper house- who died on Friday when people protesting against Wednesday's truck bombing clashed with police.

Residents of the city have demanded answers from the government over the perceived intelligence failure leading to the bombing, which underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan.

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"The Haqqani Network is on the run, as far as we are concerned, in the wake of large-scale counter-terrorism offensives in the North Waziristan elsewhere within Pakistan's tribal region", Aizaz said.

He later condemned the attack via the official Afghan government Twitter account.

Lawmakers and high-profile government officials attended the funeral, including officials from Mohammad Alam Izadyar's Jamiat-e Islami party, Rasmussen said. The United Nations' special representative to Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, has warned that the protests could lead to further violence and strongly urged opportunists not to use the emotional moment to cause instability.

The US has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, while another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are in the country.

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