Bombers kill at least 6 attending Kabul funeral

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Ensuring security in Kabul is an urgent priority, as this city continues to experience the highest number of civilian casualties.

"There were sounds of explosions everywhere and I saw my hands and face were on fire", said Mohammad Azim, who was being treated for burns at the Emergency Hospital.

He is not alone in feeling like this.

The huge truck-bomb attack was the latest in a long series of high-profile militant attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan since most worldwide forces left the country in 2014.

The city's police chief claimed some demonstrators fired weapons in the direction of his officers, while an Afghan MP confirmed at least eight protesters had been shot dead. Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh said 87 people were wounded.

Haseeb Motaref was present at the burial ceremony when he heard a first blast as soon as the mullah said "Allahu akbar" (God is great).

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Three blasts hit mourners at a cemetery in the Khair Khana district, where photos showed bodies and remains strewn on the ground as smoke filled the air.

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.

In a statement on its website, the Taliban said that "harsh exemplary attacks" would follow, including the killing of foreign hostages it holds, if the government executed the 11 prisoners.

Saturday´s blasts shattered an uneasy calm which had descended after authorities blocked the streets of Kabul in a bid to prevent a repeat of the bloody confrontation between the protesters and police on Friday.

Some shops, restaurants and universities were closed for the day.

Ghani's office issued a statement expressing condolences for the families of people who died in the protest but urged protesters not to allow "other opportunists" to use their demonstrations as an opportunity for violence for their own goals. "This is not Cairo, this is Kabul", he said.

"There are no reports of any possible attacks today, but we are asking everyone to stay vigilant", he told Al Jazeera.

As anger against the government has grown, Ghani's global partners have become increasingly alarmed, with the United Nations calling for restraint.

Pakistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack and said terrorist attacks were against human values and deserve utmost condemnation in every possible way.

"In the context of so much suffering, now is the time to seek unity and solidarity", underscored Mr. Yamamoto, who is also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The violence and ensuing battles and air strikes caused record civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016, when nearly 3,500 civilians were killed and over 7,900 injured.

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