Wednesday 22 November 2017

Four killed in funeral blast in Kabul - just days after at least 90 died in massive bomb explosion

An Afghan man reacts at the site of the blast in Kabul. Photo: Reuters
An Afghan man reacts at the site of the blast in Kabul. Photo: Reuters
Afghan Municipality workers sweep a road in front of the German Embassy after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Rahmat Gul)
Afghan Municipality workers sweep a road in front of German Embassy after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Rahmat Gul)
A damaged car is moved away after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Afghan officials inspect at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Afghan municipality workers sweep a road outside the German embassy after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017.REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Afghan municipality workers sweep a road outside the German embassy after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
Injured Afghans run from the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

At least four people have been killed after explosions at a funeral in Kabul, the Afghan public health ministry has said.

It is understood the funeral was that of a victim of clashes between protesters and police in the city.

The explosion comes just three days after a massive suicide truck bomb rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul, killing 90 people and wounding as many as 400.

The attack left a scene of mayhem and destruction and sent a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital.

The target of the explosion in the Wazir Akbar Khan area was not immediately known, but Ismail Kawasi, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children.

It was one of the worst attacks Kabul has seen since the drawdown of foreign forces at the end of 2014. The bombing also raised serious questions about the Afghan government's ability to secure the war-battered nation.

Images from the scene showed the German embassy and several others heavily damaged. Germany, Japan and Pakistan said some of their embassy employees were hurt in the explosion.

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