Four killed as tension flares in Kabul anti-government protest

Four killed as tension flares in Kabul anti-government protest

Four killed as tension flares in Kabul anti-government protest

Police are firing into the air and demonstrators are throwing rocks at them as some 500 people protest in Kabul for better security in the Afghan capital.

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Kabul in an attack which, Afghanistan's intelligence agency said, had been carried out by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network with assistance from Pakistan.

Police in riot gear used water cannon and tear gas to block protesters, many throwing stones, from gaining access to the road leading to the presidential palace. Health Ministry spokesperson Waheed Majrooh said; "In today's protest four people died and eight others were wounded". Local media reported the death toll was as high as seven. Ghani condemned what he called the cowardly truck-bomb attack that ripped through the diplomatic district supposedly the most secure area of Kabul.

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Washington, Jun 3 A group of Afghan-Americans have held a peaceful protest in front of the pakistani Embassy here against the act of terrorism allegedly perpetrated by Pakistan. Angry citizens have demanded answers from the government over the perceived intelligence failure leading to the assault, which underscores spiraling insecurity in Afghanistan.

"Our brothers and sisters were martyred in the bloody attack on Wednesday", one protester told Agence France-Presse on Friday, "and our leaders are doing nothing to stop this carnage".

"We want justice, we want the perpetrators of the attack to be hanged to death".

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Anwar says: "We are calling on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to resign".

The Taliban - now in the midst of their annual "spring offensive" - denied they were involved.

Ghani's coalition partner - the government's chief executive, Abdullah Abdullah - put out a video message saying the administration was ready to sit down for talks with the protesters.

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Following their threat, the American University of Afghanistan appealed to the Taliban to release two professors, American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, who were abducted in August previous year. "Pakistan is not only a "dushman", enemy of the nation of Afghanistan, but also to the nation of India", said Waleed, who earlier was an advisor to the U.S. military.

At least four people were killed and another 15 wounded, said the city's Italian-run Emergency Hospital, which is located near the protest site.

Speaking during a gathering of the women in Kabul on Friday, Hekmatyar said those who plotted and carried out the Wednesday attack in Kabul do not believe in Islam and such attacks have no justification in Islam.

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