Around 50 dead as bomb explosion rips through Hazara protest in Kabul


Kabul: The bomb explosion strikes the small district of Kabul on the Saturday evening. More than 50 people have been died and injuring many others.

At the time of blast, Hundreds of minority Shia Hazaras were doing objection over a power line, police said.

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Just after getting the news, many ambulances did not able to reach to the destination as authorities had overnight blocked key intersections with stacked shipping containers to prevent protesters from marching on the presidential palace.

‘After the attack, the victims were admitted to the Kabul hospital’, Health Ministry said.

‘The nature of the blast was not immediately clear, Fraidoon Obaidi,’ chief of Kabul's Criminal Investigation Department, told AFP.

"I was in the crowd of protesters when a loud bang occurred nearby. Many people have been killed or injured — I am in deep shock," protest organiser Jawad Naji told AFP.

“The people were protesting to demand a multi-million-dollar power line pass through their electricity-starved province of Bamiyan, one of the most deprived areas of Afghanistan with a large Hazara population.”

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he was "deeply saddened”. Moreover, he added that "Peaceful protest is the right of every citizen, but opportunist terrorists infiltrated the crowds and carried out the attack, killing and injuring a number of citizens including some security forces."