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Suicide Bombers Target Mass Demonstrations In Kabul-Dozens Killed, Wounded

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Kabul (BNA) At least 80 people were reportedly killed and near 231 injured on Saturday when suicide bombers attacked a large demonstration in the capital of Kabul, according to the Interior Ministry.
The demonstration was organized by ‘Light Movement’ demanding that a major regional power line be rerouted through Bamyan Province.  The Islamic State, known as ISIS or ISIL, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement on its Amaq News Agency that two of its fighters detonated explosive belts during the march. According to local TV channels, the security forces killed a third bomber before another explosive was detonated.
A Taliban spokesman strongly denied any involvement from his group in the attack, calling it an “act of making enmity among Afghan ethnicities.”
Footage on local televisions and photographs posted on social media showed a scene of carnage, with numerous bodies and body parts spread across the square. Angry demonstrations sealed some of the area around the square and prevented police and other security forces from entering.
Violence had been feared at what was the second demonstration by ‘Light Movement’ over the power line issue. The last one in May attracted tens of thousands of people and shut down the central business district.
The so-called TUTAP line is backed by the Asian Development Bank with involvement of Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The original plan routed the line through Bamyan.
The previous Afghan government changed the route in 2013. Protestors have said that the rerouting was evidence of bias against the Hazara community, which accounts for up to 15% of Afghanistan’s estimated 30 million people.

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