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Protest at Kabul Bomb Site Turns Deadly

Emotions were running high after the clashes, and there were fears that political strongmen might ride the wave of anger after the casualties.

“No one can stop people from protesting, and they used force. They rammed military vehicles into crowds setting up protest tents,” said Gul Haider, a former warlord from the northern part of the country and military commander who joined the protests after he heard news of the clashes. “If we wanted to push our way in, we would have reached the palace.”

He said he had seen dozens of wounded at the hospital, and six dead bodies from the protest.

Hundreds of people from across the city chanted for the government to resign as they gathered in the city’s diplomatic quarter at the site of Wednesday’s explosion, which killed nearly 100 people and wounded more than 450, before trying to make their way toward the presidential palace.

“Death to the Taliban, death to Haqqani,” the protesters also chanted, referring to the wing of the Taliban that the Afghan intelligence agency has said was behind the bombing.

The road leading to the palace was blocked by security vehicles, and hundreds of security forces tried to control the crowd using water cannons and riot gear. When that failed, the security forces started firing live bullets into the air.

Source: NYT > World

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