Kabul – At least 63 people were killed and more than two hundred others injured in two back-to-back suicide blasts at a protest in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday.

According to Afghan media reports, hundreds of people belonging to minority Shia Hazara community had gathered to protest against the re-routing of a power line when three bombers, wearing burqas, entered in the crowd.

Two of them blew themselves up among the people, but the explosive-laden vest of the third bomber did not detonate, and he was shot dead by a security personnel.

The first explosion also caused the stampede in the crowd which also resulted in the killing of several people.

A heavy contingent of police and law enforcement personnel reached the scene and cordoned off the area.

The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals by the local people as the rescue teams struggled to reach the scene due to blockade of main intersections with containers by the authorities to hinder the movement of demonstrators.

Several of the injured are said to be in extremely critical condition, and the death toll may climb.

Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attack.


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